Manny Pacquaio sparked outrage amongst boxing fans when, speaking in the aftermath of his defeat to Floyd Mayweather back in May, he revealed a pre-fight shoulder injury he blamed for his defeat.
With the blockbuster bout failing to live up to expectations many fans felt they had been cheated after hearing the Filipino's comments and have looked to seek justice since in the form of a lawsuit since.
Now, almost four months on from the historic fight, those lawsuits have taken the next step to legitimacy - ESPN reporting today that those accusing the fighters of fraud will argue their case in front of a California federal judge.
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At least 32 lawsuits have been filed by disgruntled fans across the country in the wake of the MayPac bout, with many seeking reimbursement of the money shelled out for the pay-per-view fight.
This latest decision will now see all suits merged into one overall court room appearance where it will be up to Judge R. Gary Klausner to decide whether they are moved to class-action status pre-trial.
Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, as well as their respective teams, have rejected the claims as unworthy of going to court but it looks like others are more willing to look seriously into those involved with putting on the fight.
Pacquiao's injury certainly appeared to limit his ability to go on the offensive against Mayweather at the MGM Grand, but many believe he was within his rights not to divulge a major weakness to his opponent.
Should the case eventually go in front of a jury and find those involved guilty it would perhaps be a landmark day in the sport of boxing with fighters likely having to adhere to new levels of transparency.
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