RCI St. Lucia
posted on May 06, 2015 01:06
Manny Pacquiao is the subject of a lawsuit in Nevada after being accused of lying over a shoulder injury sustained before his fight against Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) says Pacquiao did not declare he had a problem on a pre-fight questionnaire.
But he says he was up front about his injury and had agreed a treatment plan.
Two people in Nevada have alleged the boxer defrauded ticket buyers, television viewers and gamblers. They have opened lawsuits just hours after the NAC accused Pacquiao of being dishonest.
If the Filipino, 36, is found guilty of that charge, the penalty for perjury could be a jail sentence of between one and four years, and a fine of up to $5,000 (£3,305).
Pacquiao blamed his points defeat to Mayweather on the injury, claiming it stopped him using his right hand properly.
But a joint statement released by Team Pacquiao and his promoters, Top Rank, said the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) had been notified about it during the fighter's training camp and on the night of the bout.
They added that a Usada doctor sanctioned the use of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory on fight night only for the NAC to refuse it because they were "unaware" of the shoulder injury.