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article imageJudge orders Floyd Mayweather to pay legal fees to Manny Pacquiao

By Leo Reyes     Sep 19, 2012 in Sports
A United States District Court Judge has ordered unbeaten boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. to pay Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao for his failure to comply with a court order to appear in the District Court of Nevada last year.
In the court decision (posted online at Deadspin), Pacquiao and his legal team will receive a total of $114,292.60.
"The clerk of court shall enter an award of attorney’s fees in favor of plaintiff Emmanuel Pacquiao and against defendant Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in the amount of $113,518.50.The clerk of court shall also enter an award of costs in favor of plaintiff Emmanuel Pacquiao and against defendant Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in the amount of $774.10," Judge Larry R. Hicks of Nevada said in his ruling.
The ruling stems from a defamation case filed by Pacquiao against Mayweather, alleging, among other things, that Pacquiao used performance enhancing drugs in his past fights to gain an added advantage over his opponents.
In granting Pacquiao's motion, Hicks wrote that "this matter is a sanction against Mayweather's obviously intentional decision not to appear for his court ordered deposition."
"This was a direct discovery violation after the court had entered a very clear order that the deposition go forward," he added, via ABS-CBN News.
Mayweather is coming off a 90-day prison term for domestic violence charges and was freed last July after serving a shortened term for good behavior.
Pacquiao is scheduled to face Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Boxing fans and supporters have long been waiting a Mayweather-Pacquiao mega-fight, but due to disagreements on purse issues, the fight has not happened after almost three years of negotiations.
Mayweather has not yet announced plans for his immediate boxing future since his release from prison.
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