A waiter is suing Manny Pacquaio, trainer Freddie Roach and CBS, claiming he is owed money for setting up Pacquaio’s fight with Floyd Mayweather, reports TMZ Sports.
Gabriel Salvador says in his lawsuit that, while working as a waiter in Hollywood, he met CBS president Leslie Moonves and told him he could set up a meeting with Pacquiao’s trainer Roach. Salvador alleges he brought Moonves, Roach and Pacquaio together in May 2014, and told the parties he wanted a 2% “finder’s fee” of the profits earned from a potential fight.
Salvador says the parties agreed to the fee, but he was never compensated beyond a ticket to the fight, a Las Vegas hotel room and $10,000 to cover expenses. He then alleges a Pacquiao associate attempted to force him to accept $50,000, or else he would lose his job and be blackballed from his potential acting career.
The lawsuit is asking Pacquiao, Roach, attorney Keith Davidson and CBS for $8.6 million. Top Rank Promotions, which works with Pacquaio, told TMZ through attorney Daniel Petrocelli that Pacquaio is not aware of who Salvador is.