It may be the year of the boxing trials.
Audie Attar, a combat sports manager who represents Conor McGregor among others, has filed a lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao claiming that the boxing legend has broken a contract by hosting his next fight against Errol Spence Jr., according to Lance Pugmire of The Athletic.
Attar, who runs Paradigm Sports Managament, reportedly claimed he was negotiating a fight between Pacquiao and Four Division champion Mikey Garcia on behalf of Pacquiao when the Spence fight was scheduled. He would try to claw back a $ 3.3 million lead from Pacquiao and seek an injunction against the Spence fight, currently slated for August 21.
Garcia has since ended his brief relationship with Paradigm, according to the report.
The lawsuit alleges that rival Pacquiao associates, including longtime advisor Sean Gibbons and his friend Winchell Campos, pushed Pacquiao to work for competing manager Al Haymon to set up the fight against Spence.
In the lawsuit, Paradigm attorney Judd Burstein wrote, âIn addition to the millions of dollars in direct economic loss Paradigm stands to suffer, the damage to its reputation caused by Pacquiao’s violations is incalculable. 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.
Manager wanted Pacquiao-McGregor fight
Pacquiao and Paradigm reportedly worked together in February 2020 to strike a four-fight deal with DAZN, which would have included a fight against Garcia in Saudi Arabia. Attar even had planned a Pacquiao-McGregor boxing match in 2021, but McGregor’s loss to Dustin Poirier turned those plans upside down.
The lawsuit claims Paradigm believed Pacquiao would sign up to fight Mikey Garcia on the same day Pacquiao announced he was fighting Spence instead, which led to Garcia dropping them as a client.
Boxing fans can’t be blamed for being a little concerned with the litigation surrounding one of the most anticipated fights of the year. After all, just a month ago, heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury were ready for a long-awaited unification fight. Both fighters had even signed on the dotted lineâ¦ until a referee ruled that Fury still owed Deontay Wilder a trilogy fight.
Will Pacquiao-Spence follow Fury-Joshua? This fight now belongs to the courts.
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