MANILA, Philippines – A US court has dismissed a $1-million lawsuit against Manny Pacquiao filed by a promotional outfit in Texas in 2010.
According to a report by RingTV’s Lem Satterfield, Texas Judge Ricardo Hinojosa favored Pacquiao after the plaintiff, Imperial ED Promotions, was found to have “doctored a document” used in suing the Filipino boxer.
Edmundo Lozano’s Imperial ED sued Pacquiao for failing to attend a meet-and-greet event with his fans two months prior to the boxer’s win over Antonio Margarito in Arlington, Texas, in November 2010.
The boxer’s adviser Michael Koncz, however, said Pacquiao never received any payment for the event.
Pacquiao's lawyer David Marroso also argued that the wrong plaintiff has brought the case to court, citing that the Filipino inked the deal with Lozano and not Imperial ED Promotions.
As a reply to Marroso’s argument, Imperial ED produced a document which it claimed was a justification of its right to pursue a case versus Pacquiao.
But upon examination by experts, the document was found to have been doctored.
Hinojosa ruled that a fraud had been committed, and dismissed the lawsuit against the Filipino boxer.
The Texas judge also said it is possible to "reimburse Pacquiao for the attorneys' fees and expenses incurred in uncovering Imperial ED's misconduct regarding the Assignment and Assumption Agreement."