Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Pacquiao Camp Officially Sues Mayweathers and Party for Steroids Accusations

Manny Pacquiao, the current pound-for-pound head honcho, IBO and Ring Magazine light welterweight and WBO welterweight titlist, has officially filed his defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather, Jr., his father Floyd Senior, his uncle and head trainer Roger Mayweather and other associates including Richard Schaefer and Oscar de la Hoya.

It can be recalled that the Mayweathers have accused Pacquiao with steroids usage shortly after his stunning knockout victory over Ricky Hatton. The Filipino initially brushed these accusations but has had enough when the Mayweathers and Golden Boy Promotions demanded a random, Olympic style drug test for both fighters.

Pacquiao believes that such allegations, both baseless and lacks substantial evidence have tarnished his reputations as a professional boxer.

The lawsuit is at the District of Nevada. The Filipino boxing icon is represented by Las Vegas-based law firm Lewis and Roca LLP, specifically by Attorneys Eric D. Hone and Franchesca Van Buren. Pacquiao also demands a trial by jury against the defendants.

Here is a copy of the Defamation Complaint.

With the lawsuit, the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is off. Bob Arum is now in the talks of concocting a potential matchup between Pacquiao and the current WBA juinor middleweight (154 lbs) champion Yuri Foreman. A win over Foreman will further solidify Pacquiao's status as an all-time great for bagging eight titles in eight different weight divisions.


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