LAS VEGAS (CN) – A member of Floyd Mayweather’s entourage threatened a casino valet over private ticket sales to the recent championship fight – one of them for $60,000 in cash, the valet claims in court.
David Bridges sued Mayweather, “The Money Team,” and an alleged member of the team, David Mack, in Clark County Court on Wednesday.
The lawsuit describes The Money Team as “a business entity whose form is unknown,” and says that Mack “represented to Bridges that he was a part of Floyd Mayweather’s Money Team” when Mack asked him to arrange ticket sales to wealthy casino patrons he met through his job as a valet.
The tickets were for Mayweather’s May 2 world championship welterweight fight with Manny Pacquiao, for one of the richest purses in history.
In one deal, Bridges says, he sold four tickets for $15,000 apiece, and gave the $60,000 in cash to Mack in Mack’s 2015 Corvette, for which Mack paid him a $500 commission.
When subsequent deals fell through, Mack began to “hound and harass” him for “wasting his time and The Money Team’s time,” Bridges claims.
The 21-page lawsuit describes other ticket deals, some successful some not, including one for “four tickets at $2,000 per ticket from Mack and The Money Team,” and a third party’s demand for $4,500 for helping on the $80,000 deal.
Bridges claims that Mack paid that man the $4,500, then claimed that the $80,000 deal was falling through. On March 3, he claims, Mack sent him several threatening texts, including “that Mack is coming to plaintiff and that Mack wants his $4,500 back,” and that if the $80,000 deal fell apart, “that Mack will come after plaintiff and plaintiff’s family and do them some type of grievous physical harm.”
(Quotations from the lawsuit, not from the alleged March 3 texts.)
Later that day, Bridges says, Mack showed up at Bridges’ job, “forced” him into Mack’s car and demanded the $4,500 commission Mack had paid the third man. When Bridges told him he did not have the money, it “enraged Mack,” who “began to make threats upon plaintiff and plaintiff’s family that put plaintiff in immediate fear for the well-being of his family and himself,” the complaint states.
Mack says he filed a police report about the threats that day.
Also that day, Bridges says, Mack texted him that he had to put together three more deals for at least $50,000, and that Bridges “knew what was at stake,” an obvious allusion to the threats against him and his family.
On March 4, Bridges says, he took his family from their home to hide them from Mack.
On March 5, Bridges says, Mack recanted his threats and said no one would hurt him or his family – but he demanded another $26,000 for the $80,000 ticket deal. Bridges claims that that buyer – nonparty Terrence Knighton – paid the $26,000, and Bridges got $6,000 as a commission – $1,000 of which he later had to give back to Mack as a “tax.”
On fight day, Bridges says, a fourth man demanded another $60,000 for Knighton’s tickets, and it fell to Bridges to tell Knighton that he would not get the tickets he had paid for, which, understandably, left Knighton “extremely upset.”
By this time, Bridges’ family was just as upset as Knighton, believing that “Bridges was injured or murdered.”
Bridges seeks treble damages for fraud, unjust enrichment, conspiracy, bad faith, conversion, breach of contract, vicarious liability, negligent hiring and emotional distress.
Officials with Mayweather Promotions could not be reached for comment Thursday. Bridges’ attorney, Philip J. Trenchak, was not immediately available.
Mayweather won the fight by unanimous decision. After the fight, allegations that Pacquiao had failed to disclose a shoulder injury that made it hard for him to land punches led to a raft of class action lawsuits from fight fans – at least 15 class actions in the Courthouse News database, from pay per view fans and others, most of them alleging fraud.
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