By CARLO ANOLIN
Ready and unfazed.
Senator Manny Pacquiao’s camp has said he is ready to defend the boxing icon after Paradigm Sports Management allegedly sued him for breach of contract.
In a statement, Dale Kinsella, Pacquiao’s attorney, said Paradigm’s complaint “is a frivolous effort to interfere with Manny Pacquiao’s next mega-fight, and that it can and will fail for many reasons.” .
“In addition, if Manny Pacquiao had known that Paradigm Sports seemed to have had no intention of fulfilling its contractual obligations, he would never have formed a relationship with them. If this case were to continue beyond Friday’s filing in court, Mr. Pacquiao will vigorously defend this action, assert his own claims against Paradigm Sports and will also seek to recover his attorney fees, ”Kinsella continued.
They released the statement after The Athletic’s Lance Pugmire reported that Paradigm CEO Audie Attar filed a lawsuit against the fighting senator “seeking to recoup a $ 3.3 million advance and seeking an injunction” for stop his planned fight against Unified WBC. and IBF welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. on August 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to the report, Attar claimed in the lawsuit in Orange County, Calif., That he was negotiating for the eight-division boxing world champion to face US welterweight contender Mikey Garcia.
The lawsuit, however, said that Sean Gibbons, president of Manny Pacquiao Promotions, and Winchell Campos, “brought Pacquiao back to powerful boxing manager Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions,” which paved the way for Spence’s fight at the T -Mobile Arena.
“In addition to the millions of dollars in simple economic losses Paradigm stands to suffer, the damage to its reputation resulting from Pacquiao’s violations is incalculable,” Paradigm attorney Judd Burstein wrote in the lawsuit.
“Just as Paradigm was on the verge of establishing itself as a major player in professional boxing, Pacquiao left his reputation as a boxing representative in tatters.”
The lawsuit also claims that Pacquiao, 42, “was never forced to fight again for PBC (Premier Boxing Champions) unless the opponent was Floyd Mayweather Jr.” The two faced off in the “Fight of the Century” in May 2015 where Mayweather became the winner by unanimous decision.
According to the claims, Pacquiao and Paradigm joined forces in February 2020 and “initially pursued a four-fight deal with DAZN” with Garcia serving as the first opponent in a “two-fight appearance in Saudi Arabia.”
He also alleges that Pacquiao-Spence’s May 27 announcement “came just hours after Paradigm believed Pacquiao would sign to fight Mikey Garcia, which also allowed Garcia to end his brief union with Paradigm.” .
“Violations of the agreement by Pacquiao therefore entitle Paradigm to monetary damages (and) the costs associated with this proceeding, including, but not limited to, attorney’s fees and… an injunction.” , wrote Burstein.
Aside from the issue surrounding the mega-fight Pacquiao-Spence, Attar reportedly intends to continue a boxing match for Pacquiao against UFC star Conor McGregor, but has been removed from the picture due to the loss of the Irish fighter against Dustin Poirier last January.
Recall that Paradigm issued a statement last February warning the public of “false rumors” related to Pacquiao’s future plans with certain “shady characters” involved who allegedly aired certain claims without the authority of the Philippine management and icon. himself.