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Monday, 12 July 2010 23:16

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(Journal Group Link International)

 

 

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Insists He Is Still the Lord of the Ring and Not Manny Pacquiao

 

C HICAGO (JGLi) – American Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. denies the claim of Filipino ring idol Manny Pacquiao as the “best pound-for-pound fighter in the world,” saying “numerous prominent boxing websites rate” him so.

 

At the same time the 32-year-old welterweight world champion claims that he is more bankable than Mr. Pacquiao, citing the latest listing of Forbes Magazine that placed him as the “thirty-first most-powerful celebrity in the world. Conversely, counter-defendant Pacquiao, who is also a successful and prominent boxer, was ranked fifty-fifth.”

 

Mr. Mayweather issued these clarifications when he filed last July 2nd his answer to Mr. Pacquiao’s first amended complaint and counterclaim pending before the United States District of Court of Nevada in Las Vegas.

 

In his 25-page filings, Mayweather asked the court to throw out Mr. Pacquiao’s complaint for “lack of subject matter jurisdiction over the matter.”

 

He said Pacquiao’s $5-million defamation suit must also be dismissed among others because it failed to “join an indispensable party,” all damages alleged by Mr. Pacquiao are “speculative and, therefore, unrecoverable,” had failed to suffer “any recoverable damages,” had “failed to mitigate his damages, if any,” barred by the equitable doctrines of “waiver, laches, estoppel and unclean hands,” did not cause Mr. Pacquiao “any harm, (as the) alleged damages were caused by a third party or parties,” and not by Mayweather and Mayweather’s statements “were made in good faith and without actual malice required for a finding of defamation.”

 

At the same time, Mayweather’s lawyers Mark G. Tratos and Ronald D. Green, Jr. also filed counterclaims in the amount exceeding $75,000 as a “professional boxer with an undefeated record, regarded by the boxing industry and millions of fans throughout the world as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and one of the greatest technical fighters of all time.”

 

UNBLEMISHED RECORD

 

M ayweather says he possesses an unblemished record of 41-0, including 25 by knockouts. He said he defeated many of the premiere boxers of the modern era, including Oscar de la Hoya, Jose Luis Castillo, Shane Moseley, Ricky Hatton, Arturo Gatti and Juan Manuel Marquez.

 

Mayweather said he has won numerous world-boxing championships in five different weight classes.

 

Mayweather filed his answer and counterclaim after filing “withdrawal of joinder to point II of the motion to dismiss filed by Oscar de la Hoya and Richard Schaefer,” who asked for the dismissal of seven-division boxing world champion Pacquiao’s complaint “pursuant to the State of Nevada’s anti-SLAPP statute.” But Mayweather still “maintains its Joinder to all remaining portions of the Motion to Dismiss filed by De la Hoya and Schaefer.”

 

The latest filings of Mayweather also asked the court to vacate the “limited discovery prior to opposing the motions to dismiss” granted to Mr. Pacquiao on the motion to dismiss the case based on anti-SLAPP statute.

 

Mayweather added that when he beat De la Hoya on May 5, 2007, he was the winner of the “most lucrative fight in the history of boxing.” The fight generated over $120-million in revenue and over 2.4-million pay-per-view purchases, surpassing the previous record of 1.9-million set by Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield in 1997.

 

He said he also performed as professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment, participated as a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” and founded his own record label.

 

In mid-2009, the boxing press and boxing fans began calling for a boxing match between Mayweather and Pacquiao that could surpass the previous earnings in the Mayweather-De la Hoya match, according to Mayweather.

 

As negotiation for the Mayweather-Pacquiao went in earnest, Mayweather’s negotiators proposed that fighters submit to the drug testing regimen imposed on Olympic athletes by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The regimen included random-blood tests to check for the presence of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.

 

NO TO USADA TESTING

 

M ayweather said when Mr. Pacquiao “categorically refused to submit to USADA testing which would require the random withdrawal of small amounts of blood,” the mainstream media and boxing press began speculating “whether Pacquiao was possibly using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs.”

 

Mayweather said the “speculation by the media arose because Pacquiao had gained a substantial amount of weight but had not lost any power in his punches, an anomaly in the boxing world.”

 

He said the "media suspicion was only exacerbated when Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, falsely claimed that blood tests were unnecessary because urine testing was as accurate as blood testing.”

 

Mayweather said as a result of the speculations, “Mayweather, Jr. and his representatives made a few comments to the press regarding the speculation.”

 

In retaliation to rampant speculations, Mayweather said, Pacquiao told website “FanHouse.com, “You know what? I don’t even know what a steroid is. I’ve never done that. Maybe all of them [Mayweather, Jr. and his representatives] – they’re using the steroids, not me.”

 

Mayweather described Mr. Pacquiao’s statement as “unprovoked and unjustified. Neither the boxing press nor the mainstream media were questioning whether Mayweather, Jr. was using steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs. Moreover, Mayweather, Jr. did not exhibit any of the warning signs of someone who is using steroids or performance-enhancing drugs, unlike Pacquiao.”

 

Mayweather said while Pacquiao did eventually agree to blood testing with a cut-off 21 days before the fight, that arrangement was unacceptable to him because of Pacquiao’s refusal to submit to USADA testing – derailing the negotiations for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. # # #

 

Editor’s Note: To contact the author, please e-mail him at:  (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)

 



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