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Written by Joseph G. Lariosa   
Friday, 01 January 2010 13:07

 

By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA

(© 2009 Journal Group Link International)

 

C HICAGO, Illinois (JGLi) – Floyd Mayweather, Jr., and his father, Floyd Mayweather, Sr., and Oscar De La Hoya have 21 days to answer the 12-page civil suit filed Wednesday (Dec. 30) by Manny Pacquiao before the United States District Court of Nevada in Las Vegas, according to the summons issued by the Clerk of Court.

 

Court records obtained by this reporter showed that also being summoned to answer the complaint is Richard Schaefer, the chief executive officer of De La Hoya-owned Golden Boy Promotions, and Mayweather’s trainer and uncle, Roger Mayweather.

 

Also named in the complaint were Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions and Las Vegas-based Mayweather Promotions, LLC. Both De La Hoya and Schaefer are California residents while the Floyd, Jr. and Roger Mayweather are Las Vegas residents while Mayweather, Sr., is a Michigan resident.

 

The complaint was filed by Attorneys Eric D. Hone and Franchesca Van Buren, both of Nevada, on behalf of Attorneys Daniel M. Petrocelli and David Marroso, both of California.

 

The lawsuit, seeking “in excess of $75,000” in damages, alleges that a few months after Pacquiao beat Ricky “Hit Man” Hatton last May, Hatton’s trainer, Mayweather, Sr., who trained Hatton, “directly asserted” during the Grand Rapids Press interview that “Pacquiao used performing-enhancing drugs.”

 

PACQUIAO TAKING ‘SUPPLEMENTS’?

 

A fter saying he “believes” Pacquiao was taking “some type of supplements,” Mayweather, Sr., said, “The steroids aren’t going to make [Pacquiao] no faster. It’s going to make him relentless and hit strong, but that’s it.”

 

The interview circulated across numerous websites, including www.boxingscene.com, www.doghouseboxing.com and www.univision.com.

 

The lawsuit also alleged that in mid-September 2009, a sports reporter for Philippine publication, Manila Standard Today, and boxing website www.philboxing.com, Ronnie Nathanielsz visited the Golden Boy’s offices in Los Angeles.

 

During Mr. Nathanielsz meeting with Schaefer to discuss several boxing topics, Schaefer stated that he was sure Pacquiao was using performance-enhancing drugs.

 

In October 2009, Mayweather, Jr., told Sirius Satellite Radio’s “The Boxing Truth Radio” his physical development differed from that of Pacquiao “cause we know the Philippines got the best-enhancing drugs.”

 

On Nov. 14, 2009, Mayweather Sr. told Yahoo! Sports reporter Martin Rogers that “If I was Floyd, I wouldn’t fight him (Pacquiao). … It just don’t (sic) add up. Take a look at them old pictures, man. That’s a different dude. And he got knocked out when he was 30 pounds lighter, but now he can stand there and take Cotto’s [reference to the Nov. 14, 2009 bout] best shots? Come on.”

 

“MY SON IS BEST FIGHTER IN THE WORLD”

 

On Nov. 25, 2009, Mayweather, Sr., told Sports Illustrated that Pacquiao’s ability to take (opponents’) power punches proved the champion (Pacquiao) was taking performance-enhancing substances.” He believes his son is the “best” fighter in the world, [b]ut when [your opponent] uses something illegal, even the best can get hurt.”

 

The complaint said that even if Pacquiao was “prepared and offered to submit to a blood test in January 2010, another blood test 30 days before a potential fight with Mayweather, Jr., a blood test immediately upon the conclusion of the fight and random urine tests at any point in between, and any tests ordered by the Nevada Athletic Commission,” Mayweather, Jr. and his representatives still continue to make “false public statements that Pacquiao had taken performance-enhancing drugs in the past.”

 

The complaint added that in his blog, De La Hoya said, “If Pacquiao, the toughest guy on the planet, is afraid of needles and having a few tablespoons of blood drawn from his system, then, something is wrong. The guy has tattoos everywhere; he’s tattooed from top to bottom. You’re telling me, he’s afraid of needles? (Tattoos are usually pricked by needles.)

 

“Now I have to wonder about him. I’m saying to myself, “Wow, those Mosley punches, those Vargas punches and those Pacquiao punches all felt the same.”

 

Fernando Vargas tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs after a 2002 fight against De La Hoya and Shane Mosley admitted taking steroids before fighting De La Hoya a year later.

 

LEAKED ‘UNTRUE’ REPORT

 

T he complaint also accused Mayweather, Jr. of leaking a report that is “untrue” that came out in the New York Daily News on Dec. 25, 2009, that said, “According to a source familiar with the talks, Pacquiao’s representatives asked what penalties Pacquiao would face if he tested dirty, and also if a dirty test result could be kept secret so that the integrity of the fight wouldn’t be ruined in the public eye.”

 

And in a Dec. 30, 2009, column from www.Boxingscene.com, Roger Mayweather, Mayweather, Jr.’s uncle and trainer, stated: “I know he’s got somethin’ in his system anyway,” adding, “We gonna’ find out what he got in his system when these real doctors have him take the tests.”

 

The lawsuit said the false statements of Mayweather, Jr., and the others have an “instant and devastating impact on Pacquiao’s professional and personal reputation” “as the world’s premier ‘Pound-for-Pound’ professional boxer” and could affect his “ability to earn the highest level of purses, endorsements, and other contracts.”

 

It said the false statements are “motivated by ill-will, spite, malice, revenge, and envy.”

 

"REUNION IN COURT"

 

It will be a reunion of sorts for Mr. Pacquiao and Mr. De La Hoya in court when Pacquiao filed a complaint for declaratory relief against De La Hoya in 2006 when the Filipino boxing hero tried to prevent the Golden Boy “from attempting to enforce the agreement that it wrongfully induced Pacquiao to sign in violation of Pacquiao’s prior agreement with Top Rank Promotions.”

 

In the lawsuit that was later dismissed, it was alleged that “individuals from Golden Boy approached Pacquiao in the Los Angeles airport to discuss an agreement whereby Golden Boy would promote Pacquiao’s next seven fights.”

 

Pacquiao was taken away from the airport and was “subjected to a long and aggressive presentation by Golden Boy’s Oscar De La Hoya to sign an agreement with Golden Boy.” Pacquiao was provided a $350,000 signing bonus and a $150,000 purse advance.

 

Upon learning of the incident, Top Rank informed Pacquiao that Pacquiao violated his contract with Top Rank, prompting Pacquiao to return the monies to Golden Boy, which refused to accept the monies.

 

Golden Boy and Mayweather Promotions did not return calls by this reporter, seeking comment on the lawsuit. (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 01 January 2010 13:29
 
Comments (1)
1 Monday, 11 January 2010 18:17
I hope pacquiao wins the lawsuit. The mayweathers have big mouths and little education and just accuse without any evidence. What it really amounts to is that little floyd is scared, his daddy is scared for his son and roger is a crackhead that skipped bail and needs to goto jail.

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