A lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on May 6, 2015, on behalf of Pay-Per-View (PPV) viewers of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao “Fight of the Century” that happened on May 2nd in Las Vegas.
The fight should never have happened is the main argument of the case. Sheller, P.C. is representing a national class and PA subclass of PPV viewers in the suit against
Manny Pacquiao, Top Rank, Inc, Michael Koncz, Robert Arum, Todd Duboef, Mayweather Promotions, Showtime, and HBO.
In court documents, plaintiffs who paid $99 for PPV access to the fight claim they were misled by the defendants that they were purchasing the “Fight of the Century” between two healthy opponents but were defrauded because the fight should not have taken place due to an intentionally undisclosed serious shoulder injury Pacquaio suffered in just weeks prior to the fight. Instead of postponing the fight due to the injury, the fighters and organizers moved forward, resulting in a huge payday for everyone involved. In doing so, the American public was duped.
The plaintiffs allege the defendants’, among other things, conduct amounted to fraud and constitutes a violation of various state consumer protection laws.
“These consumers expected a fair fight between two if not evenly matched at least healthy opponents,” says the plaintiffs’ attorney, Marc Goldich, of storied litigation firm Sheller, P.C., when reached on Thursday afternoon. “Instead they got a one-armed challenger against an undefeated champion.”