LOS ANGELES: Manny Pacquiao injured his shoulder in April weeks before a megafight with Floyd Mayweather, but the boxer didn’t reveal his injury to the public until after he was comprehensively beaten inside the ring. Pacquiao will undergo surgery to repair a significant tear to his rotator cuff.
By hiding his injury, Pacquiao didn’t just sabotage his chances of winning, he may have landed himself in legal trouble.
According to ESPN, two fans are suing Pacquiao for more than $5 million for fraudulently covering up the injury.
One day before the fight, Pacquiao filled out a medical questionnaire and checked “no” when asked if he had any injuries to disclose.
“Defendants prior to and at the time the plaintiffs and the class decided to purchase tickets; purchase pay per view showings or wagered on the event the defendants knew and had full knowledge and information that defendant Pacquiao had been seriously injured and was suffering from a torn rotator cuff,” the lawsuit reads. “Defendants further know that such injury would severely affect his performance.”
An attorney for Top Rank told ESPN that the allegations are “demonstrably false.”
Pacquiao is expected to be out for nine to 12 months, but Mayweather said Tuesday that he’s open to a rematch with Pacquiao in a year after he’s returned.