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Mayweather-Pacquiao lawsuits head to California Federal Court

Lawsuits filed in various states, stemming from the alleged fraud by Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank over his shoulder injury, will be argued in California Federal Court.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

There are more than 32 lawsuits filed against Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank for alleged fraud over the now-infamous shoulder injury that Manny failed to disclose heading into Mayweather-Pacquiao. Many of these lawsuits also name Floyd Mayweather, HBO, and Showtime as well. Although Pacquiao and Top Rank are the main targets of these lawsuits, it's fairly standard practice to name every affiliated party imaginable in civil suits, even if not all of them are likely to be found responsible. It's just one of those things where you cast your net as wide as possible, increasing your chances of snagging something.

The litigants are arguing that if they had known Pacquiao was going into the fight with a debilitating injury, they would not have shelled out $100 for the PPV - claiming that they were induced to purchase the fight under false pretenses (fraud). Judge R. Gary Klausner will ultimately decide if these cases are granted class-action status before trial is to commence.

On Friday, a panel of judges ruled that the lawsuits, filed in various states, will be heard in the Central District of California, the place where Pacquiao allegedly injured himself while training for the bout. According to the U.S. Judicial Panel, "significant factual, and possibly expert, discovery" will be required to determine the timing and severity of Manny's injury. The panel also went on to state that questions about the facts of the case are convoluted enough to justify consolidating a large number of the related lawsuits.

Attorneys for the defendants declined to comment on the litigation yesterday, as should be expected.

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