Shortly after the “Fight of the Century” in May, we posted a blog about how the dance around the legal ring had begun for Manny Pacquiao and his promoter, Top Rank, when two boxing fans filed a lawsuit in federal court in Nevada against the defeated fighter for failing to disclose a shoulder injury to the Nevada State Athletic Commission before the fight. We have an update on the matter.
According to the AP, a panel of judges ruled that the cases will be heard in California, allegedly where Pacquiao sustained his shoulder injury. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner, who is also overseeing the Sony-computer hacking case, will decide if the cases against Pacquiao, Top Rank and sometimes HBO will receive class-action status.
According to The National Law Journal, the “ruling was a defeat for Mayweather and Showtime, which had argued for coordination in Nevada, where the fight took place at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.” Mayweather also lives in Las Vegas.
Settle in your seats for round 2 of this legal fight.