Thu, 07 May 2015
Philip Williams, member of the Sports and Media Law Group at No5 Chambers, has said that two fight fans who have filed a $5million class action lawsuit against boxer Manny Pacquiao have a good chance of success, if they can prove that he failed to disclose an injury to the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) prior to his fight with Floyd Mayweather Junior, which took place in Las Vegas on 2nd May.
Speaking to Gulf News, Philip said: “If, with quotation marks and a heavy underline, it can be found that someone was acting dishonestly for financial or monetary gain, I can see no reason out of principle why there cannot be a valid claim”
He continued: “The problem is there seems to be two different versions to the story, Pacquiao’s camp is saying they informed the NAC of his injury before the fight but the NAC are saying ‘no they didn’t’. Until that’s bottomed out, it’s very difficult to say where this will end up. But if the NAC were found not to be informed, then someone’s got some very serious questions to answer.”
The claim is now going to pre-trial, and a judge will evaluate the evidence to decide whether or not there is a case to be answered.
The article reported by Gulf News can be found by clicking here.
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