The suit, filed in a federal court in Las Vegas, asks for damages in excess of $75,000, plus punitive damages against Mayweather, his father Floyd Sr., his uncle Roger and Golden Boy Promotions.
Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Shaefer, who operate Golden Boy Promotions and are promoting Mayweather, were also named as defendants.
“Mr. Pacquiao simply could not allow these false, reckless and malicious statements to go unanswered,” Pacquiao’s attorney Daniel Petrocelli told Reuters. “He had no choice but to file this law suit to protect his good name and reputation which has been earned after years and years of hard work.
“Whether or not the fight goes forward, whoever he fights next, he’s not going to sit by and let people publicly accuse him of being a cheater. There is absolutely no basis for such statements to be made about him.”
“The $75,000 figure is simply the minimum that one has to allege in order to sue in federal court,” Petrocelli added. “The damages in this case for Pacquiao’s reputation are in the tens of millions of dollars, not including punitive damages.”
The WBO welterweight title bout was practically called off this week when Pacquiao rejected Mayweather’s demand that Olympic-style dope testing be administered before their scheduled fight on March 13. As mandated by the U.S. Anti Doping Agency, the Olympic-style testing would include random blood and urine sampling prior to and after the fight.
Pacquiao agreed to have blood taken for testing before the initial media conference and immediately after the fight but would not agree to have blood drawn within 30 days of the bout.
On Monday, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said he would announce a new opponent for the world champion but just hours later he backtracked, saying he would ask the boxer to reconsider his objection to blood testing.