MANILA, June 28 (Mabuhay) — In light of a recent lawsuit filed against eight-division Manny Pacquiao by Paradigm Sports, Pacquiao attorney Dale Kinsella came out calling it “frivolous” and threatened to assert their own claims against the sports management group.
“The complaint filed by Paradigm Sports in California state court on Friday is a frivolous effort to interfere with Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming mega fight, and it can and will fail for numerous reasons,” Kinsella said in a statement.
“Moreover, had Manny Pacquiao known that Paradigm Sports appears to have had no intention of fulfilling its contractual obligations, he never would have entered into any relationship with them. Should this matter actually proceed beyond Friday’s filing in a court of law, Mr. Pacquiao will vigorously defend this action, assert his own claims against Paradigm Sports, and seek to recover his attorney’s fees as well.”
According to a report by The Athletic, Paradigm Sports was amid negotiations for Pacquiao to fight Mikey Garcia before he was “veered” away by associates. He later announced that he was fighting WBC and IBF world welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. instead.
The Paradigm breach-of-contract lawsuit is seeking to recoup $3,300,000 and requesting an injunction to stop the fight against Spence, scheduled for August 21 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USA.
“In addition to the millions of dollars in straightforward economic loss that Paradigm stands to suffer, the damage to its reputation resulting from Pacquiao’s breaches is incalculable,” Paradigm lawyer Judd Burstein wrote in the lawsuit.
“Just when Paradigm was at the cusp of establishing itself as a major player in professional boxing, Pacquiao has left its reputation as a boxing representative in tatters.” (MNS)