Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been ordered to pay $113,000 to Manny Pacquiao in legal fees stemming from a defamation lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks awarded Pacquiao the amount based on the attorney's fees because Mayweather missed several court dates. However, Floyd Mayweather does not seem concerned about the latest legal problems and has been busy promoting his new iPhone game on Twitter.
A Judge Orders Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Pay
U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks has ordered Floyd Mayweather Jr. to pay Manny Pacquiao's legal fees in the defamation case. The official court documents reveal that Pacquiao claims Mayweather accused him of using performance enhancing drugs in 2009. The original lawsuit was filed in 2009, but Mayweather has refused to appear in subsequent depositions. Despite being served with papers multiple times, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has filed motions to delay the process and has given excuses for not being able to attend the court proceedings.
Manny Pacquiao has accused Floyd Mayweather Jr. of deliberately avoiding the depositions and being too "busy living the luxurious lifestyle non-stop." Although Mayweather used training as an excuse for missing court dates, Pacquiao's side found that he was out partying in nightclubs instead. Pacquiao's lawyers charge $695 and $495 an hour, and the court found that the $113,518.50 plus an additional $774.10 were "reasonable" amounts in legal fees that Floyd Mayweather Jr. must now pay.
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s Response
There has been no official response from Floyd Mayweather Jr. about the sanctions in the defamation case. Instead, the boxer has been busy promoting his latest Money Team venture on his official Twitter account. Mayweather has been encouraging fans to download his new iPhone app to play blackjack. The free game app was updated several days ago.
However, the new app is not the only thing that is consuming Floyd Mayweather's time. An unidentified woman called police because she was in a "verbal altercation" with the boxer, and he also took several of her personal belongings. The woman did not press charges, her belongings were returned, but the latest incident could jeopardize Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s probation.