Manny Pacquiao has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Conor McGregor’s manager as “frivolous”.
Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Errol Spence in Las Vegas in August but Audie Attar, who runs Paradigm Sports and who represents McGregor, has accused the Filipino of breaching his contract.
Attar is attempting to recoup a $3.3million advance and prevent his client facing world champion Spence.
But in a statement, Pacquiao hit back, insisting: “Paradigm Sports’ lawsuit against me has no merit. I have an absolute right under the agreement with Paradigm to engage in the upcoming bout with Errol Spence.
“If this frivolous lawsuit continues, I will be proven correct in court.”
In the lawsuit filed in California Attar claims he was negotiating for Pacquiao to meet four-division champion Mikey Garcia.
Paradigm lawyer Judd Burstein wrote: “In addition to the millions of dollars in straightforward economic loss that Paradigm stands to suffer, the damage to its reputation resulting from Pacquiao’s breaches is incalculable.
“Just when Paradigm was at the cusp of establishing itself as a major player in professional boxing, Pacquiao has left its reputation as a boxing representative in tatters.”
Pacquiao has long been linked with a fight with Garcia and a deal appeared close last summer before the pandemic struck.
He also held talks over a mega-fight with McGregor himself but those swiftly ended when the Irishman was stopped by Dustin Poirier earlier this year.
Attar’s lawsuit alleges that Pacquiao was never obliged to fight again for Premier Boxing Champions unless the opponent was Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiao and Paradigm joined forces in February 2020, according to the claim, and originally pursued a four-fight deal with DAZN that would start with a bout against Garcia.
Pacquiao’s attorney Dale Kinsella said in a statement: “The complaint filed by Paradigm Sports in California state court on Friday is a frivolous effort to interfere with Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming mega fight, and it can and will fail for numerous reasons.
“Moreover, had Manny Pacquiao known that Paradigm Sports appears to have had no intention of fulfilling its contractual obligations, he never would have entered into any relationship with them.
“Should this matter actually proceed beyond Friday’s filing in a court of law, Mr. Pacquiao will vigorously defend this action, assert his own claims against Paradigm Sports, and seek to recover his attorney’s fees as well.”
Pacquiao will start his fight with Spence as a betting underdog having not fought since summer 2019 when he outpointed Keith Thurman.
Spence defeated Garcia the same year before adding victories over Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia to preserve his unbeaten record.
He had hoped to face fellow welterweight world champion Terence Crawford but a deal for that fight remains elusive.