A high-stakes legal battle is shaping up in the wake of the “Fight of the Century” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather last spring.
Deadline.com reports that actor Gabriel Rueda on Wednesday “sued CBS, Showtime, Pacquiao and his trainer/coach Freddie Roach in a multi-claim breach-of-contract complaint filed in L.A. Superior Court. Claiming things got rough at one point, Rueda, who also goes by Gabriel Salvador, says he is owed more [than] $8.6 million for making introductions for the CBS boss [Leslie Moonves] that led to the record-breaking May 2015 Fight of the Century.”
Moonves, who became chairman of CBS this month, is not named as a defendant in the suit, Deadline notes, but plays a role in the case, with Rueda claiming he befriended Moonves in the process of helping to make the fight happen. “Rueda’s claim is based a promise he says was made of a finder’s fee of 2% of the $430 million that the Las Vegas-hosted fight made for Showtime and HBO in pay-per-view fees,” Deadline reports.