(PNA) One of Manny Pacquiao’s best friends has filed an assault charge against the world champion fighter’s trainer, Freddie Roach.
Gregorio Asuncion has filed an ‘unlimited’ civil case against Roach, the Wild Card gym boxing club, in connection with an alleged incident inside the gym on 20 October 2008.
The case, a complaint for damages on assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, premises liability, and loss of consortium, was filed by Asuncion’s lawyer, Robert H. McNeill Jr. of the famed Ivie, McNeill & Wyatt Law firm based in Los Angeles.
The incident allegedly happened after Asuncion, known within Team Pacquiao as ‘The Sheriff’ because he works at the LA County Sheriff’s Office, escorted Pacquiao from The Palazzo apartment to the Wild Card gym on Vine St., Hollywood.
When he sat inside the gym, Asuncion said he was asked by security chief Rob Peters to leave because Roach did not want so many people inside.
As he was preparing to leave, Asuncion said: ‘Suddenly Freddy hit me from the back of my neck… so powerful that I fell on my knees. He told me to get the hell out of the gym and I said okay.
‘On my way to the door I fell again because I felt dizzy. Slowly, I got up again and proceeded to go outside and I can hear his personnel yelling at me that I’m acting.’
Asuncion said he called 911 for help and the paramedics and police arrived at the gym. He was put on a stretcher, and given a neck brace before being taken to the hospital.