Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao could face up to four years in prison if found guilty of perjury for not informing the Nevada State Athletic Commission of his shoulder injury before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The charge comes following two $5m lawsuits were filed in Las Vegas against Pacquiao for allegedly defrauding fans who placed wagers on the fight, forked out thousands for tickets and up to $100 for the privilege of watching the super-fight live on pay-per-view. Pacquiao could also be fined $5000, even though the 36 year-old stated that he told drug testing organisation USADA about the ailment suffered in the run-up to his multi-million dollar contest with the world’s number one fighter.
Treatment apparently agreed with USADA was then denied as Pacquiao prepared for battle on Saturday, which the seven-weight world title holder then says contributed to his defeat on all three scorecards at the MGM Grand.
The can of worms opened by Pacquiao has turned into a major talking point since the dust settled on Mayweather’s victory – even after a joint statement with promoter Top Rank was released outlining a complete timeline of how the incident occurred and was subsequently dealt with.
In his pre-fight NSAC questionnaire, Pacquiao was specifically asked if he had suffered any injuries to his shoulder, although the box was ticked ‘No’ and this could now work heavily against the Congressman as the outrage over the timing of his disclosure continues.
Pacquiao’s lawyer has since stated that he expects the case to be dismissed.