Arum, Koncz play down Pacquiao lawsuits

Nick Giongco 21/05/2015

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Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will take the cudgels from Manny Pacquiao if and when the Nevada Athletic Commission summons the Filipino boxing star in relation to his May 2 super fight with Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.

“That’s not accurate,” Arum told the Bulletin when asked if Pacquiao will be invited to appear before the commission once it sets a hearing concerning the fighter’s right shoulder injury that his camp did not disclose.

Arum will be on hand in Sin City to cover for Pacquiao if necessary.

Pacquiao lost on a unanimous decision but the 36-year-old eight-division champion revealed after the fight that he reinjured his rotator cuff in the fourth round.

Pacquiao even wanted a shot of painkillers two hours before the fight held at the MGM Grand but the commission turned it down as the request did not only come at the last minute but his handler didn’t disclose about the injury in a pre-fight medical questionnaire.

It is not only with the commission that Pacquiao is facing problems.

Class-action lawsuits have likewise been filed in Nevada charging that Pacquiao did not reveal his injury before the fight.

But Pacquiao’s camp is unfazed even though they have no choice but to dig into their pockets to overcome the hurdle.

Mike Koncz, Pacquiao’s adviser, expressed optimism their legal team in the US will properly handle the problems.

After spending the weekend in General Santos City, Pacquiao is back in Manila to resume his congressional duties.

Pacquiao is still sporting a sling as protection and support for his right shoulder.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks