Mayweather/Pacquiao Fight Fraud Lawsuit to Proceed

A class action lawsuit alleging that the May 2, 2015 “Fight of the Century” bout in Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and Manny Pacquiao was a fraud will be heard in a Los Angeles federal courtroom.

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner will decide on whether dozens of lawsuits filed in several states should be consolidated into a class. The suits allege that the fight was a fraud because Pacquiao had an undisclosed injury. He lost by unanimous decision. Plaintiffs are seeking a refund of monies paid to watch the fight on pay-per-view.

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ruled that the suit will be heard in the Central District of California because that is where Pacquiao incurred a rotator-cuff injury during training. That injury was not disclosed until the fight was over and almost 4.5 million people had paid up to $100 each to view the fight.

The judicial panel said in its ruling that the Central District of California was chosen because determining the timing and severity of Pacquiao’s injury could require “significant factual, and possibly expert, discovery.”

In addition, the panel said that questions about the facts of the case are sufficiently complex to warrant consolidating the large number of similar cases into a class.

It has been estimated that cable companies HBO and Showtime earned more than $400 million from the bout, and Mayweather and Pacquiao each received more than $100 million.

As of mid-May, there had been at least 32 suits filed in eight states, including California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York and Texas. Pacquiao and his promoter, Top Rank, are named in all of the suits. Mayweather and his promoters are named in a majority of the suits, as are HBO and Showtime.

Pacquiao and Top Rank said there is no merit to the claims in documents provided to the court.

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