Pound for pound king Manny and Floyd Mayweather are set to fight it out in court In a legal dispute after a federal judge denied a motion to dismiss the case on Monday.
‘Pacman’ filed a defamation lawsuit against Mayweather and other members of Team Mayweather, after US District Judge Larry Hicks ruled can proceed because there is sufficient evidence of malicious acts in accusing Pacquiao of being a drug cheat.
"The truth did not stop Mayweather and the others," Pacquiao’s lawsuit stated. "That is because they are motivated by ill will, spite, malice, revenge and envy."
Pacquiao has never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs but in the 2009 lawsuit pacquiao claims that Mayweather Jr, his father Floyd Snr and uncle Roger as well as promoters Oscar de la Hoya and Richard Schaeffer are said to of made indications that Pacquiao may have taken drugs.
"Defendants argue that Pacquiao has failed to sufficiently allege malice because defendants could not have known one way or the other whether Pacquiao had actually taken PEDs when they made the alleged defamatory statements," Hicks wrote in the order upholding the lawsuit.
"However, the court finds that Pacquiao has sufficiently pled malice in the amended complaint."
Meanwhile reports on the internet suggest that Mayweather Jr has priced himself out of a showdown with Pacquiao by demanding a whopping $100 million dollar purse.
March 22, 2011