Alessi v. Mayweather, No. 17-56366 (9th Cir. 2019)Annotate this Case
The Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court's dismissal of class actions in MDL brought by plaintiffs against boxers and promoters, alleging that defendants concealed a pre-existing injury to boxer Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao, and that plaintiffs would not have purchased tickets to watch the fight had they known of the injury.
The panel held that spectators who were disappointed in a sporting event did not suffer a legal cognizable injury. The panel also held that plaintiffs essentially got what they paid for -- a full-length regulation fight between two boxing legends. In this case, Pacquiao’s shoulder condition did not prevent him from going the full twelve rounds, the maximum number permitted for professional boxing contests.
Court Description: Class Action The panel affirmed the district court’s dismissal of putative class actions in Multidistrict Litigation brought by spectators against boxers and promoters of the May 2, 2015 Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. Plaintiffs alleged that defendants concealed a pre- existing injury to boxer Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, and they would not have purchased tickets had they known of the injury. The panel held that plaintiffs, who were spectators disappointed by a sporting event, did not suffer a legally cognizable injury. The panel further held that plaintiffs essentially got what they paid for – a full-length regulation fight between two boxing legends.