Manny Pacquiao is set to face Errol Spence Jr on August 21 at a PBC / FOX pay-per-view main event in Las Vegas, but maybe not if Paradigm Sports has something to say about it.
Athletic’s Lance Pugmire reports Paradigm is suing Pacquiao for damages, including an advance of $ 3.3 million, alleging he violated an agreement with the company because they would feel Pacquiao was on the point of signing a deal with Mikey Garcia – which Paradigm had negotiated – when he signed to fight Spence instead. They also sought an injunction to prevent Pacquiao-Spence from performing as advertised.
Pacquiao, who hasn’t fought since a summer 2019 victory over Keith Thurman, reportedly signed a deal with Paradigm in February 2020, and eight months later, Pacquiao himself said he had signed a new deal. with them, as both sides were looking to set up a fight between Pacquiao and Conor McGregor. Paradigm represents McGregor.
The idea of Pacquiao-McGregor went up in smoke in January this year when McGregor was beaten in the UFC by Dustin Poirier, and Mikey Garcia said in March that he had a deal about to be finalized for. fight Pacquiao.
Meanwhile, other Pacquiao associates were hoping to do a fight or exhibit with fizzled out Ryan Garcia, and once again Paradigm sought to end the fight with Mikey Garcia, they claim.
Instead, PBC announced the Pacquiao-Spence fight, and Paradigm alleges it was in violation of their agreement with Pacquiao.
All in all, I have to say: looks like it’s in town. It is a lawsuit that will go somewhere or not. I know it’s not a lot of analysis to add (or none!) That can matter. I wouldn’t start canceling your plans to order Pacquiao-Spence on August 21, but crazier things have happened.