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Manny Pacquiao Officially Files Defamation Suit Against Mayweather, Golden Boy

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 14:  Manny Pacquiao sits in his corner between rounds with trainer Freddie Roach against Miguel Cotto during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Brian O. BlakeCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2009

As I sit here and thumb through a copy of a lawsuit filed today by Manny Pacquiao in a Nevada federal court I notice one paragraph that pretty much sums up the feeling that emanates from Team Pacqauio:

"Calling a professional athlete a cheater is the most serious charge one can make, and in today's world, accusing an athlete of using performance-enhancing drugs, however baseless and lacking in evidence, is toxic."

The plaintiff, Manny Pacqauio, has named Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Floyd Mayweather, Sr., Roger Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions, LLC, alongwith Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schafer of Golden Boy Promotions as defendants.

Pacquiao claims that despite knowing their statements were false, the defendants still made accusations of him taking performance-enhancing drugs during his career. He feels that the statements were made out of "ill-will, spite, malice, revenge and envy."

Daniel Petrocelli of the Los Angeles-based law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP was recently retained by Pacquiao to handle the defamation suit.

"Manny Pacquiao's achievements come from God-given talent and an indefatigable work ethic -- not steroids.  He cannot and will not allow others to deliberately misrepresent his years of hard work and tarnish his reputation," stated Petrocelli.

The lawsuit, which was filed in federal district court in Las Vegas, Nevada, seeks compensatory and punitive damages for defendants' wrongful conduct.

As always, more to follow as it unfolds.

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