At least 32 U.S. lawsuits seeking class-action status allege Pacquiao should have disclosed a shoulder injury to fans before the fight and most fans thought didn't live up to the hype. The viewers paid up to $100 each, and the lawsuits want that money back.
"The fight was not great, not entertaining, not electrifying. It was boring, slow and lackluster," according to a lawsuit filed in Texas alleging racketeering, a claim usually reserved for organized crime.
A lawsuit filed on behalf of Flights Beer Bar near Los Angeles International Airport in California said Pacquiao and his promoter's actions were "nothing but a cash-grab." The bar paid $2,600 to broadcast the fight.
Exhibit A for most of the lawsuits is a Nevada Athletic Commission medical questionnaire that Pacquiao signed days before the fight. When asked if he had any injuries, including to his shoulder, he replied, "no." His shoulder was injured enough to have surgery shortly after the fight. Pacquiao revealed for the first time in a post-fight press conference that he had torn his rotator cuff weeks before. The Nevada Athletic Commission denied him a pain reliever mere hours before the fight, when regulators first learned of the injury.
HBO, Showtime, Pacquiao & Mayweather are remaining quiet at this time.