Pacquiao to take legal action vs Top Rank over unpaid fees in Matthysse fight

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 11) — Eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is taking legal action against his former promoter.

In an Instagram post, Pacquiao congratulated Top Rank for its seven-year partnership with broadcast giant ESPN. But Pacquiao claimed he has not received the U.S. rights payment for his July 15 fight against Argentina's Lucas Matthysse, which was shown on ESPN Plus.

"I am initiating legal proceedings against Top Rank and all other parties based on the non-payment and attempt to restrict my future rights," said Pacquiao.

Pacquiao defeated Matthysse via technical knockout in the seventh round. The fight was officially promoted by Pacquiao's MP Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, which is owned by boxing legend Oscar dela Hoya.

A month after his loss, Matthysse retired from boxing. He made his announcement on his official Instagram account on August 2. In his 14-year professional boxing stint, the 35-year-old has tallied 39 wins off 36 knockouts, five losses, and one draw.

The Pacquiao-Mattyhysse bout was the first Pacquiao fight not under Top Rank. However, Top Rank and ESPN were involved in broadcasting the fight in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.