LAS VEGAS, Nevada-Jr. violated a court order after he failed to show up for deposition in the federal defamation lawsuit filed by eight-division boxing champ against him.
It can be remembered that Mayweather Jr. tried to postpone the deposition on Thursday, but federal magistrate Judge Robert Johnston did not heed his request. Johnston released an order for Mayweather to show up in the court on Friday to answer questions on his accusations against Pacquiao, but Mayweather did not.
"Mr. Mayweather maliciously leveled false accusations about Mr. Pacquiao. We are anxious to examine him under oath about those statements. He is just dodging his deposition because he is afraid to testify, but he has no right to defy a Court Order," said Pacquiao's lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli.
"We will seek a default. The court has the power to hold him in contempt as well. He has an obligation to respect the process and to follow a court order." he added.
Pacquiao filed defamation lawsuit against Mayweather Jr., his father Floyd Mayweather Sr. and his uncle/trainer Roger Mayweather, along with Golden Boy's Oscar Dela Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer in December of 2009 for their malicious allegations that Pacquiao had been using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) during his boxing fights.
Pacquiao denied this serious accusation, as proven by all his drug tests, which yielded negative of any form of PEDs.
Earlier, Pacquiao dropped the same defamatory charges against Dela Hoya and Schaefer, after their group apologized for falsely accusing Pacquiao of taking steroids. While Top Rank promoter Bob Arum did not disclose any information on how the two camps settled, he was happy that this matter was settled, as this would enable Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions to work together again.
Aside from the defamation suit filed by Pacquiao, Mayweather was facing more serious charges of felony coercion, grand larceny and robbery, and misdemeanor domestic battery and harassment after beating his ex-partner in front of their three children, and stealing her cellphone in the heat of their argument. The preliminary hearing is scheduled in October.