THE camp of Manny Pacquiao has allayed concerns over the multiple lawsuits filed in the US seeking damages for an underwhelming fight against Floyd Mayweather last May 3.
Top adviser Mike Koncz said he understands the motive behind the cases accusing Pacquiao of cheating boxing fans after failing to disclose a right shoulder injury in the run-up to the fight he lost via unanimous decision to the unbeaten Mayweather.
“We’ve been sued in 32 different States. I’ve been sued, Manny has been sued, Top Rank has been sued, Floyd … everybody’s been sued,” said Koncz in a short chat with Spin.ph.
“We’re not concerned about the lawsuits. It’s gonna take time, maybe a year or so. Our lawyers will take care of it and we don’t foresee any liability or any payment on our part,” said Koncz.
“Before we came here, we had long discussions with our lawyers.”
Koncz stressed he has nothing against the plaintiffs but has plenty to say about their advisers and lawyers.
“Those are privilege lawsuits, what we call ambulance-chaser lawyers, lawyers that smell money but don’t really know the law. They just try to hope that they could get something,” the Canadian adviser said in his usual straight forward tone.
“It’s more of an inconvenience than anything,” he added. “I don’t blame the public, it’s the lawyers that I blame."
Needless to say, Koncz is unconcerned.
"No athlete has any legal obligation to inform fans how their health is, there’s no such law,” the longtime Pacquiao aide said.
Koncz, however, cannot answer with certainty when asked about the next move of Pacquiao in the ring.
“Our focus right now is nothing more than the rehabilitation of his shoulder,” he said. “We want to make sure it’s a hundred percent then we’ll decide on the activity.
"There’s no fight this year, that’s for sure. We’re not thinking about boxing."