An LA waiter is suing Manny Pacquiao for 2 per cent of his cut from the 2015 fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The fight itself came years too late to deliver a spectacle that lived up to the hype – Mayweather winning comfortably – but nonetheless Gabriel Salvador is demanding cash for helping make the fight happen.
TMZ Sports has reported Salvador is suing Pacquiao, his trainer Freddie Roach, Keith Davidson and CBS to the tune of $8.6 million (roughly £6.17 million).
Salvador did play a small role in making the fight happen, in that he instigated a meeting between CBS president Les Moonves and Roach.
TMZ report that according to documents they have obtained, Salvador told all parties prior to the fight that he wanted a ‘customary finder’s fee’ of 2 per cent of gross proceeds earned by Pacquiao, Roach and CBS/Showtime.
He claims the terms were agreed to, with Roach allegedly telling him, ‘You will never have to work another day as a waiter in your life.’
What the waiter has conceded is that he received a ticket to the fight, one night in a Vegas hotel, and $10,000 for expenses (roughly £7,000).
Salvador has also claimed that Roach and Pacquiao’s attorney, Keith Davidson, attempted to muscle him into taking $50,000 (roughly £36,000) and threatened to hurt his acting ambitions if he refused.
Sources close to CBS argue Salvador had nothing to do with getting the fight on.
So watch this space then, maybe karma is going to strike Manny Pacquiao’s pocket again for his gay bashing political rhetoric.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.