Manny Pacquiao is used to winning every battle he participates in, and understandably so. This is the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, after all.
Over the last few months, though, there’s been one battlefield that has been particularly unkind to the Filipino champion – the court room.
Whether it’s because of his ridiculous, nonsensical feud with Floyd Mayweather Jr. not going according to plan, or his former accountants needlessly hounding him for alleged unpaid fees, things haven’t been going too smoothly for Pacquiao.
That all changed on Wednesday, however, when a judge ruled that Pacquiao will not have to pay punitive damages to a company that hired him for make a few songs for them – something he reportedly never did.
As per Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Maria Stratton, a suit brought on by RBM Group International regarding a contractual dispute will not ultimately result in the Filipino champion having to pay punitive damages under any circumstances.
Of course, Pacquiao isn’t out of the woods just yet. The judge also noted that the company can still demand a court order to prevent Pacquiao from performing songs or singing songs in public, something that the defense tried to get the court to toss.
Back on November 17, 2010, RBM accused Pacquiao of initially agreeing to, but never following through on creating 12 songs. A total of $40,000 was reportedly paid for the first two songs, but that no further music was produced after that.
All in all, the lawsuit is for $200,000 in general damages and $10 million for lost profits, a figure that they likely won’t see when the proceedings eventually wrap up.
Despite the good news, Pacquiao has remained mum on the matter instead choosing to focus on his upcoming November 12 showdown versus Juan Manuel Marquez.
And if you're of the mind that the Filipino champ's angelic voice isn't worthy of a lawsuit and millions in litigation fees, check out the refresher course below: