Post by JustinCredible on Jan 1, 2010 11:08:24 GMT -5
Boxer Manny Pacquiao filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Las Vegas, alleging that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his father defamed him with their comments saying the Filipino star has used performance-enhancing drugs, including steroids. Pacquiao named the Mayweathers and his promoters Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer as defendants.
In the suit, Pacquiao says the Mayweathers' claims that Pacquiao used performance-enhancing drugs are false and that these claims are an attempt to destroy his professional reputation. "I can't explain why these people are making these recklessly false statements," said Pacquiao's attorney Daniel Petrocelli. Pacquiao is asking for damages in excess of $75,000, plus punitive damages.
Pacquiao and Mayweather were expected to meet in a mega-fight March 13, but negotiations have stalled over demands by Mayweather for the fighters to have Olympic-standard blood testing. Asked whether the lawsuit would cause the crumbling negotiations to be entirely scrapped, Petrocelli said, "This is completely independent of whether or not the fight gets made."
Schaefer told the Associated Press that the suit was expected because Pacquiao had been threatening to file one, but that talks continue over a possible Pacquaio-Mayweather fight. "Hopefully, we will know something in the next couple of days," Schaefer said.
IMO: I think Floyd is scared of Manny beating him & will do anything to put off the fight.
Post by JustinCredible on Jan 1, 2010 12:51:11 GMT -5
The suit cites various interviews done by the defendants in which they intimated that Pacquiao's strength and power did not all come naturally. Among the interviews cited was an October radio interview in which Mayweather Jr. allegedly said Pacquiao's physique was different "cause we know the Philippines got the best enhancing drugs."
Pacquiao is not against the blood testing but wants a definite date that the testing would stop since he feels that giving blood may weaken him. I know that it would be a minimal amount for testing but it is a psychological thing that could effect his fighting.