Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao isn’t worried about the lawsuit he is facing for hiding his shoulder injury from the public before his megafight with Floyd Mayweather.
Two Nevada men who filed the case argue that by keeping the injury from the public, Pacquiao and his camp violated the Nevada Deceptive Trade Practices Act as they knew that the injury would affect the boxer’s performance, therefore not fulfilling the expectations of fans who followed the fight that is seen as the richest in the sport’s history.
At least five such class-action lawsuits have been filed across the United States.
Pacquiao, however, said that he didn’t hide anything in the first place because he had felt fine during the match before aggravating his shoulder injury.
“Hindi naman tayo nababahala dyan kasi wala naman tayong tinatago,” Pacquiao said in a report by News5′s Trish Roque. “Nawala naman ‘yung injury ko, sumakit lang nung nagwithdraw ako ng combinations na malalakas.”
After his loss via unanimous decision to Mayweather, Pacquiao revealed that he sustained a right shoulder injury which he got during training camp.
Pacquiao admitted that the injury limited his firepower and gameplan against Mayweather.
Pacquiao’s camp tried to have it treated before the match but the Nevada Athletic Commission refused to as he had declared that he was healthy coming into the match. It turns out that his adviser, Michael Koncz, had a mistake filling up his medical form and faield to declare the injury.
Pacquiao is set to undergo an injury that will keep him from nine months until a year.