Philippines senator, boxer Manny Pacquiao battles last court over Mayweather fight.
Boxing Star and Philippines politican Manny Pacquiao‘s attorney cited free-speech grounds Tuesday inside a court battle involving alleged extortion along with a “fight of the century” along with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Pacquiao’s lawyer urged a judge to dismiss portion of a lawsuit filed by a man who alleges he was threatened and suffering from extortion for seeking to be paid $8. 6 million for helping to put together the boxer’s fight with Mayweather.
But attorney Amman Khan, regarding plaintiff Gabriel Rueda, alleged that “goons and henchmen from (Pacquiao’s) Wild Card gym” terrorized his client for insisting on his to certainly be paid.
After hearing the arguments on Pacquiao lawyer Brian Marroso’s motion to dismiss Rueda’s claims for extortion and intentional infliction of emotional distress, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Sotelo took true under submission. He did not say when he would tip.
In addition to his standout boxing career, Pacquiao is a new Philippines senator.
Rueda filed the suit — which also alleges breach associated with an oral contract, fraud and unjust enrichment — on Feb. several, naming Pacquiao and his trainer, Freddie Roach, CBS, Showtime Leisure and Keith M. Davidson, described in the plaintiff’s court papers as being a lawyer for “Roach, Pacquiao and a few other powerful men and women. ”
Rueda works as an actor and a restaurant server. His suit states he served CBS President Leslie Moonves even though working at Craig’s restaurant in West Hollywood and told Moonves he could introduce him to Roach so as to break the ice between Al Haymon and Bob Arum, your promoters for Mayweather and Pacquiao, respectively.
“These were two promoters who hated the other and couldn’t get the deal closed, ” Khan said. “Here, Mr. Rueda invented a novel idea. ”
The lawsuit states that Rueda arranged a gathering between Roach and Moonves, with an agreement that he would likely get 2 percent of gross fight proceeds paid to CBS, Showtime Multilevel, Pacquiao and Roach.
Khan said that despite Pacquiao’s lackluster performance caused by a shoulder injury, the public watched in large numbers as Mayweather overcom him by unanimous decision on May 2, 2015.
“It was considered the fight in the century, ” Khan said.
Davidson, on behalf of Pacquiao along with Roach, met with Rueda a month later at a coffeehouse in Sunset Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, according to the lawsuit. Davidson urged Rueda to take $50, 000 instead of the finder’s fee and also said he would help him acquire more acting jobs by making use of a talent agency, the suit states.
Davidson told Rueda if he did not accept the offer and sign a relieve, he would lose his job at Craig’s and “never work as an actor in this town again, ” according to your lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that after Rueda called his boss with the restaurant and confirmed that Davidson contacted Craig’s, the restaurant management told him they will fire him if he did not accept the offer, given that they wanted to keep Moonves’ business.
Rueda alleges that even though he helped Roach and Pacquiao obtain lucrative financial benefits from the fight, they threatened to destroy his acting career and still have him fired from his job at the restaurant after they insisted on his 2 percent finder’s fee.
Marroso told the judge that this $50, 000 offer Davidson made to Rueda to amounted to pre-litigation communications which have been not actionable.
“Settlement discussions remain protected even when they are generally heated, ” Marroso said.
Pacquiao has “never spoken to Mr. Rueda, it’s unlikely that any time, not one word, yet he (Rueda) seeks millions of dollars determined by Keith Davidson’s comments, ” Marroso said.
But Khan denied there were any discussion of litigation between Rueda and Davidson. He also said Rueda would not initially know that Davidson was a lawyer and that his client planned to resolve the dispute without the involvement of attorneys.
Khan said Rueda has developed severe emotional distress and suffered physically as a result of alleged harassment from individuals from the Wild Card gym.
Legal representatives for Davidson deny he threatened Rueda. They also have filed a motion to dismiss a similar two causes of action against their client. A hearing can be scheduled for Aug. 2.