Manny Pacquiao and his handlers could face disciplinary action for failing to disclose a pre-bout shoulder injury before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr on Sunday.
The suit was filed on Tuesday in a federal court in Las Vegas on behalf of two plaintiffs, named as Staphane Vanel and Kami Rahbaran.
Following the fight in which Pacquiao lost, Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, said the 36-year-old boxer had been impaired by an injury to his right shoulder. Pacquiao has a torn rotator cuff that will require surgery.
At issue is whether the injury, which Pacquiao sustained during training in April, was properly disclosed to the Nevada State Boxing Commission.
On a pre-fight checklist, Pacquiao’s camp answered “No” as to whether the boxer had any injuries to his “shoulders, elbows or hands.”
“Our job is to protect the health and safety of fighters and the integrity of the sport,” Nevada Athletic Commission chairman Francisco Aguilar said. “We expect our fighters to be forthright.”
Furthermore, the US Anti-Doping Agency had approved injections, but this information apparently was not passed to the boxing commission.
Three hours before the fight, another of Pacquiao’s promoters asked for the injection, but the boxing commission denied the request.
The Commission said it didn’t know about the shoulder injury until fight day when the injection was requested.