Boring Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Sparks Class Actions

Now that the recent welterweight bout between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao has been dubbed the “Fraud of the Century” over its previous characterization as the “Fight of the Century,” the Chicago class action lawyers at Markoff Leinberger have joined boxing fans nationwide who are eager to see whether a superstar athlete will have to relinquish some of his wealth because of an underwhelming performance.

The long-awaited fight on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas saw three full rounds of lackluster back-and-forth between the boxers, and concluded with judges calling the fight in Mayweather’s favor. It reportedly attracted a record 4.4 million pay-per-view purchases worth $400 million. Each fighter earned more than $100 million each.

In interviews after the fight, however, Pacquiao said that he went into the ring with an injured right shoulder — a detail that the Filipino athlete failed to disclose publicly prior to the fight, including on Nevada Athletic Commission registration documents.

The Associated Press is reporting that more than 30 different lawsuits have sprung up nationwide that seek a jury trial and at least $5 million in damages, which is the required dollar amount for federal class-action lawsuits.

Other businesses named in class-action lawsuits related to this event, which some observers are calling nothing but “a cash grab,” include boxing promoters and cable television companies.

If your business or consumer group felt defrauded by any aspect of the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight, please contact the Chicago class action and consumer protection lawyers at Markoff Leinberger for a lawsuit consultation. You can reach us online or by telephone at 1 (888) 517-9115.


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