Manny Pacquiao has fired back after it was confirmed Audie Attar would be taking legal action against him.
For a while now Pacquiao has been under the same management umbrella, Paradigm Sports, as Conor McGregor. It’s one of the primary reasons why there was so much talk at the start of the year about the two men potentially squaring off against each other.
“I will be proven correct in court”
Now, after Pacquiao was announced to be fighting Errol Spence Jr later this summer, Paradigm and Attar have launched a lawsuit against ‘Pacman’ with the intention being to recoup $3.3 million over a potential breach of contract, and potentially stopping the fight.
The suit reportedly stems from talks that had been held over a bout between Pacquiao and Mikey Garcia. (Via The Athletic)
Paradigm lawyer Judd Burstein wrote: “In addition to the millions of dollars in straightforward economic loss that Paradigm stands to suffer, the damage to its reputation resulting from Pacquiao’s breaches is incalculable.
“Just when Paradigm was at the cusp of establishing itself as a major player in professional boxing, Pacquiao has left its reputation as a boxing representative in tatters.”
In response, Manny had the following to say on the matter.
“Paradigm Sports’ lawsuit against me has no merit. I have an absolute right under the agreement with Paradigm to engage in the upcoming bout with Errol Spence.
“If this frivolous lawsuit continues, I will be proven correct in court.”
The sport of boxing has come under fire many times in the past for seemingly not always being the most ethical business, or for not giving fans the fights they want.
Whichever way you look at this it certainly feels like the relationship between Pacquiao and Paradigm is beyond repair, which could have lasting consequences for any work they could’ve done together in the future.
The highly anticipated showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Errol Spence Jr is currently set to take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 21.
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