Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was ordered on Wednesday by federal judge Larry R. Hicks to pay $113,518.50 worth of attorney fees to Manny Pacquiao for failing to attend a court-ordered deposition last year in Las Vegas to provide sworn testimony in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by the Filipino icon in 2009.
The 33-year-old Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs), voted “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA, is suing Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) for allegedly claiming that the punching politician uses performance enhancing drugs.
Pacquiao, the first pugilist in history to win 10 world crowns in eight separate divisions, denied using dope and asserted “Pretty Boy” and his flunkies embarked on a nasty smear campaign to destroy his career, legacy and reputation.
The 35-year-old Mayweather, an enormous talent who has captured nine world titles in five different weight classes, didn’t show his mug despite federal Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston’s ruling that mandated his presence.
“The court notes that the award of attorney fees in this matter is a sanction against Mayweather’s obviously intentional decision not to appear for his court ordered deposition,” wrote Hicks. “This was a direct discovery violation after the court had entered a very clear order that the deposition go forward.”
Starting on June 1, Mayweather, the longstanding WBC welterweight king who last defeated powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to gain the WBA world light-welterweight belt on Cinco de Mayo, served 63 days behind bars at the Clark County Detention Center for beating his former sweetheart two years ago while a couple of their children watched.
Roughly a month after Mayweather’s triumph over the extremely formidable Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs), incompetent judges allowed “Desert Storm” Timothy Bradley to unwittingly steal Pacquiao’s belt with an asinine split decision on June 9 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It was widely believed “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” would exercise his rematch clause and throw fists with “Desert Storm” this autumn.
However, despite the recommendation made by a five-member international judging panel for the WBO, Pacquiao instead decided to battle Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time on December 8 in “Sin City.”
In contrast, Mayweather, The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007, has not made any plans to date.
Rumors recently surfaced that Pacquiao and the convicted domestic abuser will battle each other twice in 2013.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron predicts that Mayweather, a 1996 bronze medalist who already owned a decent rap sheet from convictions on battery and assault in 2002 and 2005, would outclass Pacquiao in a match.
“Nobody will ever beat Floyd until he retires,” said Perron, 75, who worked in the 1980s with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “If Floyd and Manny ever get together, mortgage the house on Mayweather.”
Due to disagreements over drug testing protocols and the distribution of pay-per-view revenue, expect Mayweather and Pacquiao to ultimately retire from the sport of boxing without ever having met in the squared circle.
Considering Floyd Mayweather would indeed overwhelm Manny Pacquiao in the ring, “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” should bolt with the $113,518.50 and brag of being a victor over “Pretty Boy” in a courtroom of law.by