Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction to Keep Manny Pacquiao From Fighting Errol Spence Jr

Published 08/06/2021, 9:46 AM EDT


Audie Attar had recently attempted to get a preliminary injunction against Manny Pacquiao. This effort would have dissolved his upcoming fight on August 21. However, ESPN’s Mike Coppinger recently reported that Judge Walter Schwarm has since tentatively denied this injunction registered by Paradigm Sports Management.

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The report also stated that the official ruling will be filed on Friday morning in the Superior Court of California in Orange County.

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In early 2020, Manny Pacquiao had signed with Audie Attar’s promotion. This was done in order to secure a fight with UFC superstar Conor McGregor in December 2020 or January 2021. However, ‘The Notorious’ was contractually obligated to face Dustin Poirier in January 2021. Hopes for the Pacquiao-McGregor matchup soon faded away even further as the Irishman stepped in to face Poirier for a trilogy fight in July.

Following this mix-up, Pacquiao’s corner worked up a fight with PBC’s Errol Spence Jr. Paradigm Sports then registered a complaint against Manny Pacquiao for brokering a deal with PBC without Audie Attar’s inclusion. PSM’s complaint stated a breach of contract and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.

Pacquiao’s attorney has since filed a cross-complaint highlighting a lack of transparency, a breach of contractual agreements, and even under-the-table negotiations.

Can Manny Pacquiao still fight Conor McGregor?

The Schmo recently interviewed the ‘Pacman’. He asked if he will face the Irish superstar despite his consecutive losses against Dustin Poirier. He shared that money is not his concern but wants to make the fights that the fans want.

Pacquiao added he doesn’t pick non-boxers and only wants to fight the best in the sport. However, knowing Conor McGregor’s ability to bring enormous crowds to the sport, Pacquiao did not outright dismiss that possibility.

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However, there are some obvious concerns regarding this matchup. Manny Pacquiao is 42-years-old and has even discussed the possibility of the Errol Spence fight being his last ever professional bout. Besides this, talks of the Filipino Senator running for President of Philipines have recently surfaced. Pacquiao also plans on making a big announcement after his fight on August 21.

Conor McGregor is still recovering from his freak leg injury at UF 264. Based on his recent social media activity, it seems the Irishman still wants to prove a point inside the UFC octagon. But Conor McGregor knows a money-fight when he sees one. Given that he is only 33-years-old, fans could still see Conor McGregor fight in the boxing ring once again.

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With the ongoing legal battle between Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor’s promotion agency, do you see a silver lining to this dream matchup?

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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