One of the biggest stories from the weekend was the revelation that Manny Pacquiao went into his bout with Floyd Mayweather with a serious shoulder injury, tearing his rotator cuff in March. Pacquiao did not throw as many punches as we’re accustomed to seeing from him and landed even fewer — not Mayweather’s defense has plenty to do with that.
Pacquiao requested a Toradol shot for his shoulder prior to the fight, but because he disclosed his injury so late, he was denied that request.
“We were not aware of his injury until tonight at 6:30,” said Aguilar to ESPN, who made the ruling. “The medications he was taking were disclosed on his medical questionnaire, but not the actual injury. … This isn’t our first fight. This is our business. There is a process, and when you try to screw with the process, it’s not going to work for you.
That revelation made many who purchased the fight for nearly $100 upset because they got a diminished product. That backlash isn’t the only thing that Pacquiao has to deal with as he is now under investigation from the Nevada Athletic Commission for possibly lying on his medical forms, where he checked “no” where it asked about a shoulder injury. The potential penalty for lying on the form is a perjury charge, according to the New York Daily News.
“Disclosure is a big thing for us, and honesty,” Cisco Aguilar, the Nevada Athletic Commission chairman told the Daily News Monday. “The commission at some point will have to discuss (Pacquiao’s medical questionnaire). I’ve got to run through the process with the (Nevada) Attorney General (Adam Laxalt). But they do sign that document under the penalty of perjury.”
The Daily News also reports there is case law that would support a class-action lawsuit from those that purchased the fight. As you can see in the questionaire below, there’s a problem here because he checked no for everything except for taking medication.
Pacquiao’s advisor, Michael Koncz, is shouldering the blame for the incident, but it will be interesting to see how this investigation goes and what kind of legal trouble faces Pacquiao, his trainer Freddie Roach and the rest of his camp and advisors.
“Number one, Manny didn’t check the box,” said Koncz to the NY Daily News. “I checked it. It was just an inadvertent mistake. If I was trying to hide anything, would I have listed all the medications on the sheet that he intended to use? We weren’t trying to hide anything. I just don’t think I read the questionnaire correctly.Advertisement
“I’m going to take full responsibility for what happened. The wrong box was checked. But I think part of the responsibility also lies with the commission. Wouldn’t you ask a question about all these medications (on the questionnaire)? The bottom line is that we weren’t trying to hide anything. If we had wanted to, we could have done the injection at the hotel before the fight and nobody would have known but we didn’t want to hide anything.”