Manny Pacquiao and CBS Sued by Waiter for $8.6 Million

Trent Reinsmith
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The May 2, 2015 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao generated somewhere in the range of $550-$600 million in revenue, and a Hollywood waiter/actor wants a piece of that revenue.

According to the LA Times, Gabriel Salvador has filed a lawsuit against Pacquiao’s camp, CBS Corporation and Showtime, claiming that he was a key player in setting up a meeting that eventually led to the two fighters agreeing to face off at the MGM Grand last year.

Salvador is looking for at least $8.6 million from the parties, citing an oral agreement that he had with CBS and Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s head trainer.

According to the Times, Salvador, who was friendly with Roach and CBS chairman Leslie Moonves, set up a meeting between those two men in May 2014 in order for them to discuss the possibility of a Mayweather–Pacquiao fight. At that meeting, Salvador claims promises were made that he would receive a finder’s fee of two percent of the gross revenue received by Pacquiao and CBS if the fight came to fruition.

With the one-year anniversary of the fight approaching, Salvador claims that what he received was a $10,000 stipend to cover hotel and travel on fight night. 

Salvador’s suit also claims that a Pacquiao associate offered him a $50,000 payout and suggested that he release CBS and Pacquiao from any other financial obligations.

TMZ contacted Pacquiao’s attorney, Daniel Petrocelli, about the case. “Salvador has no case against Manny," Petrocelli replied. "Manny has never heard of the guy.”

Meanwhile, Deadline is reporting that Amman Khan is representing Salvador in the suit.

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