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The Fight of the Century has turned into the Farce That Launched a Thousand Suits. Unhappy boxing fans have filed 13 lawsuits (and counting) against Manny Pacquiao and his promotional team for not disclosing the fighter's shoulder injury before last weekend's title bout.

The litigation, some of it aimed at his opponent Floyd Mayweather and fight broadcasters, claims that, had viewers known about Pacquiao's torn rotator cuff before the fight, they wouldn't have ponied up the $100 pay-per-view fee. Do disgruntled fans have a case?

After Swedish prosecutors watched video of former Toronto Maple Leafs player Andre Deveaux viciously slash an opponent in pregame warm ups, they decided to file criminal charges and issued a warrant for his arrest. Which, for hockey fans, may have brought to mind an infamous incident in 2000 when Marty McSorley bashed Donald Brashear in the head with his stick (2:50 into the video), giving him a grade 3 concussion.

McSorley was charged with and found guilty of assault, only the second criminal trial for on-ice violence in a league that tacitly approves of players taking breaks from game play to punch each other in the face from time to time. Punching which, to date, has resulted in zero criminal convictions.

So when does playing a sport constitute a crime? And what kind of game behavior crosses the line from acceptable in a sporting contest to unacceptable in any context?

The owners of the Ultimate Fighting Championship are being sued by current and former UFC fighters over claims that the company violated antitrust laws.

Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the UFC, was sued in California state court on Tuesday, alleging that it prevented fighters from working with other mixed martial arts (MMA) promoters and made itself a monopoly. According to ESPN, the Federal Trade Commission started investigating the UFC for antitrust violations in 2011, but stopped in early 2012.

What are the specific claims of this UFC lawsuit, and what do the fighters want?

Unless your sport is competitive eating, there's no biting in sports. It's not just the rules, the law really frowns upon using your teeth against your fellow player.

Americans who were stunned by Uruguayan footballer Luis Suarez's shoulder-chomping action at the World Cup should remember that we've hosted our own notoriously "toothy" athletes (cough Mike Tyson cough). And these biters learned the legal implications of taking a bite out of an opponent.

So how can the law "bite back" against sports biters?

MMA Fighter Fends Off Home Invaders, Killing 1

MMA Fighter Joe Torrez was the clear victor when he allegedly defended himself and his family during a home invasion.

Torrez claims that four known gang members threatened him and broke into his home. In the melee, one intruder was killed, another sent to the hospital, while the others fled the scene, according to the New York Daily News.

Torrez's attorney claims that the MMA fighter was only defending his family.

Pacquiao Slammed With $18M in IRS Claims

Soon enough, you may see Manny Pacquiao don his finest legal boxing gloves in an ugly fight with the IRS over unpaid taxes -- a staggering $18 million in unpaid taxes.

If you're smart, you'll place your bets on Uncle Sam.

Manny Pacquiao has settled his defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Who says the judicial system moves slowly? The resolution of this lawsuit has come much faster than the highly anticipated fight between the two fighters largely considered the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.

In fact, there's still no scheduled fight between the two despite hype that it may finally happen in 2013. But this could be one less hurdle to a fight actually happening.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. KO'd by Manny Pacquiao in Court

Manny Pacquiao scored a victory over Floyd Mayweather in his defamation lawsuit.

Pacquiao brought suit against Mayweather claiming that Mayweather defamed him. A court did not rule on the underlying defamation claims, but did order Mayweather to pay Pacquiao more than $113,000 to cover the legal fees of a missed deposition last year, reports Reuters.

Pacquiao accused Mayweather of falsely telling reporters and others that Pacquiao was using performance enhancing drugs. The two had been working on scheduling a fight, and as a prerequisite, Mayweather wanted Pacquiao to undergo blood testing.

Boxer's Winning Fight May Knock Him Out for Good

A journeyman boxer was arrested in a clever FBI ploy to collect DNA evidence worthy of a CSI episode.

Martin Tucker is a 32-year-old welterweight with a career 8-10 record. He hadn't won a fight in seven years. That is, until his victory over previously undefeated up-and-comer Michael Torres in April.

During the fight, Torres snuck a couple shots past Tucker's defense and was able to bloody the veteran fighter, reports the Boxing Scene. 

Little did Tucker know at the time, but these shots would lead to FBI evidence linking Tucker to a 2009 bank robbery.

A Las Vegas judge denied Floyd Mayweather's request to be let out of jail early. Mayweather had asked for an early release as he said his health was suffering from prison food and lack of bottled water.

The judge told Mayweather that he should eat and drink what's provided. The celebrity boxer will not receive any special treatment and will serve out the remainder of his 90-day prison sentence.

Seems fair, as the legal grounds of "I may never fight again" wasn't the strongest to begin with.