Conor McGregor Management Firm Warns Others Against Working With Manny Pacquiao Amidst Legal Battle

McGregor’s Paradigm Sports Management issued a statement warning of taking legal action against anyone who partners with ‘PacMan’

Conor McGregor, Audie Attar, Manny Pacquiao, Paradigm Sports
Credit: Conor McGregor, Audie Attar (via Instagram)

Paradigm Sports Management, which represents Conor McGregor, warned other promoters and organizations against teaming up with Manny Pacquiao as their legal battle rages on.

Former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor is arguably the biggest star of all time in professional mixed martial arts competition. His rise to popularity helped elevate the UFC and the sport as a whole to the next level. He dominates the list of top-ten highest-selling UFC pay-per-views, with eight entries, including all of the top five. Besides his tremendous success in MMA, ‘The Notorious’ also holds the honor of being the second-highest-grossing combat sports PPV of all time with legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor goes a long way back with Paradigm Sports. He made his first appearance under the UFC banner as a client of the management company.

Conor McGregor management firm cautions others against working with Manny Pacquiao

 The firm teamed up with boxing icon Manny Pacquiao in Feb. 2020. Considering the success of the crossover match between Mayweather and McGregor, there was speculation about whether’PacMan’ will be involved in a similar showdown. However, the situation went sideways as Paradigm lodged allegations at Pacquiao of accepting a $3.3 million advance without holding up his end of the deal.

Pacquiao allegedly breached his contract with Paradigm when he accepted other offers to fight without the involvement of the management company.

CEO Audie Attar has collaborated with McGregor in numerous business ventures and serves as a longtime business partner of the Irish icon. He issued multiple public statements in an attempt to persuade other promoters and related parties to not work with the former boxing world champion. He eventually decided to take legal action in 2021. Ahead of the scheduled trial in March, Attar issued a cautionary message in a press release.

“Manny’s days of thumbing his nose at our contractual rights are almost at an end,” Attar wrote. “We have an overwhelming case against him and look forward to justice being served. The court has already entered an order stating that – due to his consistent violation of court orders – Pacquiao is now deemed to have admitted that he breached his contract with Paradigm and that Paradigm has suffered more than $20 million in damages,” he continued.

“If any promoters, managers, fighters or broadcasting networks are considering entering into an agreement with Manny prior to the trial, they are now on notice that Paradigm will immediately commence an action against them for tortious interference with contract and seek both an injunction and damages.”

Attar is aiming to eliminate any scope of earning opportunities for Pacquiao in the US.

“Once Paradigm wins at trial in March, we will cut off 100-percent of Manny’s opportunities to earn money in the United States from any source because any revenue he generates will be attached to his judgment,” the statement continued. “Additionally, Paradigm will aggressively pursue enforcement of its judgment in any foreign country where Manny seeks to fight.”

Meanwhile, Pacquiao signed a new deal with Japan-based fighting promotion RIZIN and planned to make a comeback this year. It remains to be seen whether Pacquiao will be allowed to compete while the lawsuit drags on.

Published on January 26, 2023 at 5:06 pm
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