and Manny Pacquiao can’t be sued for a disappointing boxing performance.
According to a federal judge in Los Angeles, ticket buyers and pay-per-view watchers of the fighters’ May 2015 bout, in which Pacquiao fought with an injured shoulder, got what they paid for: a boxing match.
The judge threw out dozens of lawsuits
Friday against the two boxers and Time Warner’s HBO
over the quality of the fight, saying viewers weren’t guaranteed a battled that lived up to the pre-fight hype. The ruling comes a day before Mayweather
will put his undefeated record on the line against mixed martial arts’ biggest star, Conor McGregor.
“The reason that competitive sports is so compelling is precisely because the outcome is always at least somewhat uncertain,” US District Judge R Gary Klausner wrote in his decision. “Competitive strategies are ever-changing, and the quality of performance at any given event is consistently unpredictable.”
The boxers, the fight’s promoters and HBO
were sued by viewers who paid as much as $99.95 to watch it on television. The plaintiffs claimed they were cheated because the promoters concealed Pacquiao’s injury. Pacquiao lost the fight in a 12-round decision and later revealed he suffered a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder during training.