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Manny Pacquiao awarded costs against Floyd Mayweather over lawsuit

A judge awarded Pacquiao more than Dh367,000 after Mayweather failed to answer questions from his lawyers in a defamation case.

About 20 family members and friends came to receive Floyd Mayweather Jr on his release from prison in August.
About 20 family members and friends came to receive Floyd Mayweather Jr on his release from prison in August.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather has been ordered to pay Manny Pacquiao more than $100,000 (Dh367,000) in legal costs by a US judge after failing to answer questions from the Filipino star's lawyers in a defamation case.

American federal judge Larry Hicks awarded Pacquiao the legal fees and $774 in costs, because of "Mayweather's obviously intentional decision not to appear for his court ordered deposition."

Pacquiao filed a lawsuit three years ago in Las Vegas, saying that Mayweather defamed him by suggesting Pacquiao used performance-enhancing substances. The lawsuit seeks unspecific damages.

"Calling a professional athlete a cheater is the most serious charge one can make," the lawsuit said. "Accusing an athlete of using performance-enhancing drugs - however baseless and lacking in evidence - is toxic."

Pacquiao, currently preparing for a fourth fight against Juan Miguel Marquez this December, has never faced the undefeated Mayweather in the ring.

Mayweather was jailed eaarlier this year over a domestic violence incident.

The suit is viewed as one of the roadblocks to a much-anticipated mega fight, which has been tipped to be held in the UAE.

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