Case Closed: Manny vs. Floyd

By Robert Ecksel on September 26, 2012
Case Closed: Manny vs. Floyd
The Mayweathers said what they said and doublespeak won’t change that simple fact.

In what is rightly or wrongly being called a step in the right direction toward bridging the gap between a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight…

“Everybody kills me with their mouth.”—Mike Tyson

In what is rightly or wrongly being called a step in the right direction toward bridging the gap between a Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, the two parties have settled their longstanding defamation suit for an undisclosed sum.

After saying directly and indirectly dozens of times that Pacquiao was juicing, Mayweather and his father issued a statement saying that they “wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance enhancing drugs, nor are they aware of any evidence that Manny Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs.”

We might as well accept the above statement at face value. The Mayweathers are entitled to change their minds, just as they are entitled to change their objectives. But they said what they said and Orwellian doublespeak doesn’t change that simple fact.

“The matter has been resolved,” Malcolm LaVergne, Floyd Sr.‘s attorney, said with finality. “Any alleged terms of the resolution would be strictly confidential. Floyd Mayweather Sr. is very happy that this lengthy case has finally come to a conclusion.”

It wasn’t as though Manny’s defamation suit was going especially well for the defendants. U.S. District Judge Larry R. Hicks issued a ruling last week against Mayweather for ducking several depositions in the matter to the tune of $114,000 in legal fees and additional costs.

The whole business, while amusing to some and repellent to others, made Mayweather look petulant and evasive, neither of which seemed to much concern him. But Money’s stubbornness finally caught up with him and, in keeping with his nickname, he bought his way out of the problem.

In Dec. 2009, Pacquiao also sued Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer for making similar statements regarding Manny and PEDs. Less recalcitrant than Mayweather, they settled the lawsuit last summer after recognizing a public relations nightmare when they saw it.

“Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya, on behalf of themselves and Golden Boy Promotions, wish to make it crystal clear that we never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance-enhancing drugs,” their statement said, “and further state that we do not have any evidence whatsoever of such use.

“Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest fighters of all time, and we apologize if anyone construed our prior remarks as in any way claiming or even suggesting that Manny uses or has used performance-enhancing drugs.”

Should we drop everything and make plans to attend the superfight to end all superfights?

Not yet. There are still hurdles to clear, not least of which is Mayweather’s willingness to risk blemishing his unbeaten record.

But, looking at the bright side, we won’t need to hear “if you’re the best, take the test” ever again.

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  1. James Asumbrado 02:10pm, 09/29/2012

    Congrats guys! More or less! You settle the problems and Try to meet each other on the ring? Ty

  2. Neils 01:59pm, 09/29/2012

    From a former Mayweather fan, if ‘Money” is refusing to fight Pac now after Pac agreed to 45-55, it seems clear to me that “Money” is scared to fight Pac.  What he then is doing to boxing is horrendous and a sham and a shame to his and all boxing fans.  Imagine Ali, Leonard, Hagler, Holmes or even Cooney behaving like this; they never would because, if nothing else, they had heart and respect for the game and sport of boxing.

  3. Mike Casey 07:51am, 09/27/2012

    My goodness, Manny and Floyd - I remember them!

  4. THE THRESHER 11:25am, 09/26/2012


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