Cowardly former titlist “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather had his request to delay a deposition in a defamation case denied by a federal judge in Las Vegas last week.
Legendary prizefighter Manny Pacquiao is currently suing the polarizing pugilist over statements Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) made accusing “The Fighting Pride of the Philippines” of using performance enhancing drugs.
U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks rejected Mayweather a protective order that would have excused him from skipping a deposition that was scheduled for June 17.
“Mayweather Jr. does not provide any points and authorities in support of his motion other than to state that this court should reverse the magistrate’s order,” Hicks said in a statement to the Associated Press.
After “Pretty Boy” bailed on attending the deposition, Pacquiao’s lawyers motioned to seek a default judgment in response.
Hicks quickly declined to award Pacquiao a default judgment.
Despite an estimated purse that could pay both prizefighters in excess of $40 million apiece, the absolute disdain between Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) and Mayweather may negate such an epic bout from ever occurring.
Pacquiao, 32, the first pugilist in history to win 10 world crowns in eight separate weight divisions, claimed in his suit he never used dope, and he alleged Mayweather, “Pretty Boy’s” father and uncle, Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions’ Richard Schaefer, embarked on a nasty smear campaign to destroy his career, legacy and reputation.
“I’ve never said that Manny Pacquiao was taking steroids, I never said he was taking enhancement drugs,” said Mayweather, 34, who earned a bronze medal as a featherweight at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and has fought only twice in approximately four years.
“It’s not just Pacquiao. It’s sports, period. If you look at sports in the Olympics, they’re cheating. Everyone is cheating. And I never once said Manny Pacquiao was cheating, only thing I said was this: Me and any other opponent I face must take the test.”
A “Sin City” courtroom is likely the closest fight fans will ever come to witnessing a showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Sadly, this is boxing and the notoriously rogue sport relishes disappointing its followers.
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