LAS VEGAS (AP) — Undefeated prizefighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have to give testimony to lawyers for rival Manny Pacquiao sooner than he wants after a federal judge in Las Vegas denied his request to push back a deposition in a defamation case.
In a lawsuit first filed in 2009, Pacquiao claims Mayweather and his camp defamed him by saying he used performance-enhancing drugs.
U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks this week denied Mayweather a protective order excusing him from a deposition that was scheduled June 17. Mayweather missed the deposition, and Pacquiao’s lawyers said at the time that they planned to seek a default judgment as a result.
Mayweather gave no legal basis for asking to overturn a lower judge’s order to hold the deposition, Hicks said in his ruling.
"Mayweather Jr. does not provide any points and authorities in support of his motion other than to state that this court should reverse the magistrate’s order," Hicks said.
Hicks did not award Pacquiao a default judgment.
Mayweather’s lawyer didn’t return messages seeking comment from The Associated Press. In the appeal, he asked to hold a hearing to talk about the boxer’s training regimen as he prepares for a Sept. 17 fight against welterweight champion Victor Ortiz.
Pacquiao’s lawyers countered that the appeal was irrelevant, in part because they tried several times to set a date that would have worked for Mayweather before his training camp and promotional tour started. Ten previous dates were rejected, Pacquiao’s attorneys said.
The suit was originally filed as both sides were negotiating terms on what many believe would be the richest fight in history. The talks fell apart over demands from Mayweather that the fight use more stringent drug testing than what is required under Nevada regulations. Mayweather wanted blood tests up to 14 days before the fight, while Pacquiao claimed he feels weak after drawing blood and would not agree to testing within 24 days.
In New York this week, Mayweather said he has talked about athletes overall using drugs, not specifically Pacquiao.
"I’ve never said that Manny Pacquiao was taking steroids, I never said he was taking enhancement drugs," Mayweather said.
"It’s not just Pacquiao, it’s sports, period," Mayweather said. "If you look at sports in the Olympics, they’re cheating. Everyone is cheating. And I never once said Manny Pacquiao was cheating, only thing I said was this: Me and any other opponent I face must take the test."
Haye stares down Klitschko ahead of title fight
HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — David Haye must rely on his blistering speed against the reach and power of Wladimir Klitschko in a much-anticipated heavyweight title fight.
The trash-talking Englishman has been looking for a fight with Klitschko or his older brother, Vitali, since he moved up from the cruiserweight division in 2008. It's finally happening Saturday in the unification bout at Imtech Arena in Hamburg.
Klitschko, the IBF and WBO champion, is the favorite (55-3, 49 KOs), and at 6-foot-6, has a 3-inch height advantage. Klitschko weighed in Friday at 242 pounds, compared to 213 pounds for the 30-year-old Haye.
In the customary stare-down, Haye smirked at the stone-faced Klitschko, as throngs of raucous British fans booed and heckled the Ukrainian.
"Me and Wladimir don't like each other. You'll see that in the fight," Haye said.
Undefeated in seven years, Klitschko tends to wear down his opponents with his jab before hammering them with a right cross. Haye said the first rounds would be crucial.
"I've got to make sure I land my bombs and he doesn't land his, plain and simple," he said. "I can't afford to be getting pumped in the face by his big jab."
WBA champion Haye has sought to rile his opponent in the lead up to the fight with taunts that go beyond the typical trash talk between boxers. Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) has promised to injure him, refused to shake his hand and worn a T-shirt depicting the severed heads of the Klitschko brothers.
Haye claimed the WBA belt in 2009 by defeating 7-foot-2 Russian fighter Nikolai Valuev, whom he had described as a "hairy freak" and a "circus act."
Klitschko has called the Briton's behavior "childish" and promised to respond in the ring.
"David Haye will of course pay for everything during the fight," Klitschko said Friday. "David Haye will be No. 50 on my knockout list. That's what is going to happen."
Many boxing fans say Haye has brought energy and excitement to a heavyweight division lacking strong profiles during the long reign of the Klitschkos. Haye calls the brothers "frauds," saying they've kept their belts by taking on lackluster opponents.
While that's a stretch, it's clear that Klitschko faces a career-defining moment against Haye, considered his strongest challenger yet. The Hamburg crowd will favor Klitschko, a fluent German-speaker, though Haye can count on the support of thousands of traveling British fans.
"David Haye has all the attributes to win, and win with a knockout," said Steve Victor, a 27-year-old IT consultant who traveled from London to watch the fight. "Speed, agility; his technical ability is better than any other in the division."
While both fighters are outstanding athletes, it remains to be seen who has the stronger chin. Haye has been knocked down by Lolenga Mock, Carl Thompson, Jean-Marc Mormeck and Monte Barrett, but came back to win each time except against Thompson.
Klitschko beaten by knockout in fights against Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster, in 2003 and 2004. He was downed three times but came back to win on points against Samuel Peters.
If Haye wins, there's a narrow chance he could line up one last fight with the elder Klitschko brother, Vitali.
"I'll start thinking about Vitali after the referee has counted to 10 on Saturday and I'm the new unified champ," Haye said. "There's nobody else I want to fight."
-- Karl Kitter