Second class-action suit filed against Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank
A second class-action lawsuit has been filed against Manny Pacquiao and his promoters by a plaintiff who claims the public was misled by not knowing about Pacquiao’s shoulder injury prior to his May 2 fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
This case, filed in U.S. District Court in California by Howard B. Sirota “on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated against Emmanuel J. Pacquiao and Top Rank, Inc.” cites the amount of money made by Pacquiao and his handlers from the fight compared to the money spent by fans and businesses buying into the “Fight of the Century” hype and singles out Mike Tyson’s description of the “Dud of the Century” as evidence of the two allegations: Count 1, “Fraud/Intentional Misrepresentation” and Count 2, “Unjust Enrichment.”
The suit defines the class of plaintiffs as “tens of thousands of consumers” and is seeking at least $5 million in damages.
The California lawsuit comes after a similar case was filed earlier today in Nevada by Clark County residents Stephane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran “on behalf of all persons who purchased tickets; purchased the pay-per-view event; or who wagered money on the event.” The Nevada lawsuit is also seeking $5 million in damages.
Both suits come on the heels of revelations about a preexisiting injury to Pacquiao’s shoulder, which his camp allegedly did not disclose on a pre-fight questionnaire. A surgeon later confirmed a “significant tear” in Pacquiao’s rotator cuff.