Manny Pacquiao is facing several criminal charges for hiding shoulder injury which might put his boxing career in jeopardy.
However, Filipino attorney Romulo Macalintal said that Bob Arum should be the one facing these charges.
According to ABS-CBN news , Atty.
Romulo Macalintal said that Arum actually broke various existing US laws.
“As the promoter of the fight it was Arum’s obligation to the public to disclose such disability which could affect a 100 percent performance of Pacquiao so the betting public and the boxing fans could be warned or properly alerted in their choice of the winning fighter,” Macalintal said in a statement.
“Surely, no boxing fan would risk a bet on a fighter who was less than 100 percent healthy if made known prior to a fight.” Macalintal further added that the boxing promoter has been informed of the shoulder injury weeks before the bout and yet, he decided to make the fight happen.
He also pointed his fingers on the Nevada State Athletic Commission for not letting Pac-Man inject an anti-inflammatory vaccine before the fight.
“For this, Arum could be held liable for apparent misrepresentation or non-disclosure of a material fact,” the lawyer said.
“Even before the fight, Arum had been claiming that ‘there’s no doubt in my mind that Manny Pacquiao will beat Floyd Mayweather in their scheduled 12-round WBC/WBA/WBO unified welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.'” On his defense, Arum said after the fight that he thought Pacquiao’s injury is already healed.
“Athletes always fight hurt.
We felt that the work was done on the shoulder during training.
We gave him the opportunity to use the right hand,” said the boxing promoter.
“We were disappointed when in the third round the injury kicked up again, but this is always the case in sports.
A guy is injured in training, he then deals with the injury, he thinks he conquers it, it re-injures in the game,” Arum added.
“It happens in every sport.” “You guys saw the fight yourself.
When you review the film, you’ll see how infrequently he threw the right hand,” Arum concluded.
Fortunately, Pacquiao may no longer face perjury charges as Michael Koncz was responsible for answering the pre-fight questionnaire.
Apparently, the question “had any injury to your shoulders, elbows or hands that needed evaluation or examination” had the “no” box ticked.