Manny Pacquiao and broadcast firm CBS Corp. has been sued by a waiter. The waiter claims that he played a part in arranging the monumental bout “Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jr.”
A long time has passed since Manny Pacquiao suffered a unanimous defeat against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in “The Fight of the Century” in May of 2015. However, the Mayweather loss seems to be bugging the Filipino world champion until now.
Gabriel Salvador, a waiter and a part-time actor claims to have played a major role in the arrangement of the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout. Salvador was reportedly promised a finder’s fee for arranging a meeting between the members of Pacquiao’s and Mayweather’s camps. The meeting was the reason behind the fight taking shape, as reported by Los Angeles Times.
The bout between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather turned out to be the richest pay-per-view in boxing history. The clash raked in over $400 million in revenue. Salvador wants $8.6 million from it.
Salvador has claimed to have an oral conversation with Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer and confidant. Roach has also been named in the suit.
However, CBS has denied the claims made by Salvador and has stated that the waiter did not play any part in setting up the fight. They have tagged Salvador as one amongst many trying to score a payday through controversy, according to TMZ.
“Salvador has no case against Manny. Manny has never heard of the guy.” Daniel Petrocelli, attorney of Manny Pacquiao said.
This has to be an added nuisance to Pacquiao, who has already been in the news recently for his remarks against same-sex relationships. The Filipino boxer has received heavy criticism from the LGBT community as well as other celebrities.
Meanwhile, Manny Pacquiao has been scheduled to fight against Timothy Bradley on April 9, 2016.
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