Less than two weeks after a Nevada court ruled on the defamation case filed by Manny Pacquiao against Mayweather and company, Floyd Mayweather, Sr. summoned Percy Crawford of FYTEHYPE to qualify his past allegations against Pacquiao for performance-enhancing drug (PEDs) and steroid issues.
Lawyers for Mayweather and company have previously filed a motion for the dismissal of the defamation case filed in court by Pacquiao's lawyers.
"U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks said Pacquiao has sufficient evidence to continue his lawsuit that alleges Mayweather and others acted with malice by accusing the Filipino boxer in a series of interviews of using performance-enhancing drugs," Yahoo News reports.
“Moving defendants argue that Pacquiao has failed to sufficiently allege malice because moving defendants could not have known one way or the other whether Pacquiao had actually taken PEDs when they made the alleged defamatory statements,” the order reads. “However, the court finds that Pacquiao has sufficiently pled malice in the amended complaint," the report added.
Among others, Floyd Sr. talked to the popular FYTEHYPE writer about an interview he did with a writer who Dennis Guellermo of Examiner later identified as Brad Cooney, who happens to be a colleague at the Examiner.
The elder Mayweather told Crawford, "I didn't say I know for a fact Pacquiao was on steroids because I don't know that." He complained the statements he made during the interview with the writer he was referring to had been twisted to make it appear he said something that he did not.
In his interview with Crawford, he said he could not recall the name of the writer.
Popular Examiner writer Dennis Guillermo thinks some people now wrongfully believe Manny Pacquiao is indeed on steroids, which puts Pacquiao's integrity in question.
Guillermo said in part, "Because of his comments, together with his son Floyd Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Richard Schaefer and Roger Mayweather, several people now believe that Pacquiao is on steroids. That damage is irreparable and irreversible unless the guilty parties issue a public apology or the law clears Pacquiao's name."
"This is not the hood in case Papa Floyd is trying to be 'slick.' Yes, he can backpedal as much as he wants, but the damage has been done. Going back on their statements now by virtue of wordplay only proves the lack of cojones in his part. Even in the streets, this type of behavior is considered 'fugazi.' You got to back up what you say. If you don't know, better ask about it," Guillermo said in his article which can be accessed in full here.
Meanwhile, Brad Cooney, in his 8countnews.com article dated March 30, said it was his article on Examiner.com that Floyd Sr. was referring to.
"Before I go further, since Mr. Crawford of FightHype.com allegedly didn't know who Floyd was talking about, and Floyd Mayweather Sr. couldn't remember who HE was talking about, let me help the both of them out. It was MY article on Examiner.com that Big Floyd was referring to."
Full text of Brad Cooney's article on the issues surrounding the interview he did with Floyd Mayweather, Sr. can be accessed here.