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Mayweather-Pacquiao: Mo Money, Mo Problems!

Image courtesy of Roger Alcantara/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Roger Alcantara/Flickr.

Who spent way too much money to watch Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao “fight” the last week? Who wants to pay way too much money to watch them “fight” again? According to Sephen A. Smith of ESPN, Mayweather sent him a text stating that he would be willing to get back in the ring with Pacquiao next year. This would have to be after Pacquiao recovers from surgery he had to repair a torn rotator cuff.

Of course, why wouldn’t you offer to do a rematch if you’re Mayweather? Floyd earned a reported $180 million for the fight that was amazingly disappointing, as most of Mayweather’s fights are of late. To complicate things, Pacquiao may see some or all of his earnings from the fight vanish as he’s been slapped with a lawsuit on behalf of people who paid to watch the fight as he did not publicly disclose a shoulder injury.

The suit was filed on May 5th in Las Vegas Federal Court on behalf of two men. It alleges that the pair were the victims of fraud after paying to watch an event they felt they were ill-informed about. The Nevada boxing regulators are also looking into possible disciplinary action for his failure to disclose the training injury. Pacquiao checked “no” on a state form the day before the fight that specifically asked about shoulder injuries.

“Our job is to protect the health and safety of fighters and the integrity of the sport. We expect our fighters to be forthright,” said Nevada commission chairman Francisco Aguilar. Promoters for Pacquiao insist that the shoulder injury had sufficiently healed prior to the fight, despite the training staff’s request for a localized pain-killing shot in the dressing room before the fight. Pacquiao is on record as saying he re-injured his shoulder in the fourth round of the “fight.”

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