Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Lawsuits galore…stop the madness!!
It’s been reported by numerous periodicals that a total of thirteen class-action lawsuits have been filed in eight different states against Manny Pacquiao and his promoters for failing to disclose his injury before consumers purchased tickets and PPV broadcasts for last Saturday night’s “Fight of the Century” with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The first of many civil suits were filed in Nevada on Tuesday morning, but many other followed shortly thereafter, citing a potential “intent to defraud” the paying customer.
“Pacquiao’s injury unquestionably materially, significantly, and negatively affected the quality of the product,” an attorney handling a suit in Illinois recently stated to ESPN. “Our state has a law that prohibits concealing or misrepresenting material information with consumers and, within the context of boxing, Manny Pacquiao’s shoulder injury is a material fact.”
“Had our clients known that the underdog had a shoulder injury, they wouldn’t have thought that this fight was worth watching.”
While many are obviously bitter concerning the outcome of the highly anticipated May 2 super fight, the aforementioned suits are absolutely absurd. The civil action indirectly stems from the “negative image dilemma” which currently plagues boxing and has hindered the sport’s growth for decades.
Aren’t age, ability, style match-ups, and injuries riddled within every major sport in America? Those variables aren’t exclusive to boxing, are they?
Does this mean sports fans can start filing suit against the NFL for games that ultimately don’t go their way?
Can Denver Broncos fans sue Peyton Manning for his poor performance in last year’s lone play-off blunder against the Baltimore Ravens for not disclosing the fact that he was playing through various injuries, as well as relative “old age”?
The disgruntled masses seem to think Manny’s shoulder injury made last Saturday night’s contest less than competitive.
But is that really the case here?
Elite level trainer Ronnie Shields shares his thoughts on the frivolous claims.
“Boxing is the theater of the unexpected,” states the veteran fight trainer. “There’s never a guarantee that a fight is going to live up to anyone’s expectations. But that’s true with all sporting events. What’s also true in all sports are injuries. Athletes are expected to play through injury to a certain extent. That’s why they get paid the kind of money they do.”
“In all of the years that I’ve been involved with the sport of boxing, I’ve never met a fighter that has entered the ring feeling 100%. Floyd wasn’t 100% healthy when he stepped in the ring on May 2.”
“Does that mean that fans can go back and sue Oscar De la Hoya for being dehydrated when he fought Manny Pacquiao?”
“This is ridiculous and it’s unheard of…judges are going to have to throw these lawsuits out. All sports is unscripted entertainment and all athletes have to deal with injuries.”
But would the fight have been more competitive with two healthy shoulders from Manny Pacquiao?
Three decade fight trainer James Gogue chimes in on this controversial issue.
"No…absolutely not,” insists the expert boxing coach. “If you’re a casual fan of boxing and don’t know much about the sport, you’re more than likely going to feel slighted concerning the tactical and strategic manner in which the fight played out.”
“But I’ve been telling fight fans for months on FightSaga Radio that Floyd was going to put forth a dominant effort against Pacquiao and ultimately shut down his customary high-potent offense. The one-side nature of the fight had nothing to do with his shoulder injury."
“Styles make fights, and Manny Pacquiao is not proficient at cutting off the ring, closing the distance, and working once he does get inside. He always launches his attacks from mid to long range. Floyd Mayweather has the best eyes and reflexes in boxing, and I knew he would have no problem seeing all of Manny’s punches coming from that range.”
“Floyd’s sharp counters, irregular jabs to the body and head, and his footwork is what neutralized Manny’s offense…not Pacquiao’s torn right shoulder.”