Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao and Home Box Office Inc. won the first round in the litigation over his highly publicized match against Floyd Mayweather after a federal panel sent more than 40 consumer class actions to a judge in Los Angeles.
U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner will oversee pretrial hearings in the lawsuits, which allege that the boxers, their promoters and the cable networks airing the May 2 match duped viewers into paying $89.95 to watch the “Fight of the Century” on pay-per-view while the defendants pocketed $300 million. After the fight, loser Pacquiao revealed that he had suffered a torn rotator cuff one month earlier.
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