Manny Pacquiao and Floyd “Chicken Little” Mayweather will have a new fight scheduled, this time in the court, that if Mayweather is proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt, he would lose a lot of money as damages for defaming Manny Pacquiao, the world’s greatest boxer of all time. Here’s the news from AFP.
Two of boxing’s biggest stars—Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight, after all.
But they will have their gloves off and the fight will be in court.
US District Judge Larry Hicks on Monday set the stage for the legal joust when he denied a motion by Mayweather to dismiss a defamation suit filed against him and others by boxing’s pound-for-pound king.
Hicks ruled the defamation suit can proceed because there is sufficient evidence of malicious acts in accusing Pacquiao of being a dope cheat.
“The truth did not stop Mayweather and the others,” Pacquiao’s lawsuit contends. “That is because they are motivated by ill will, spite, malice, revenge and envy.”
“Mayweather and the others set out on a course designed to destroy Pacquiao’s career, reputation, honor and legacy and jeopardize his ability to earn the highest levels of compensation,” the lawsuit asserts.