|Floyd Mayweather Jr. is being led to court for allegedly using defamatory statements against Manny Pacquiao. (REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus)
LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr. did not make a court- ordered deposition Friday in relation to the defamation lawsuit filed by pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao, according to a release from Pacquiao's attorney.
On Thursday, Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston denied Mayweather's emergency motion to postpone the deposition. Mayweather is being led to court for allegedly using defamatory statements accusing Pacquiao of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Daniel Petrocelli, Pacquiao's attorney, said in a statement that they are anxious to examine Mayweather under oath.
"He is just dodging his deposition because he is afraid to testify, but he has no right to defy a Court Order," the statement said.
Nearly three weeks ago, Pacquiao settled his defamation lawsuit against Oscar De La Hoya and Golden Boy chief executive Richard Schaefer over allegations that Pacquiao used PEDs. The lawsuit against De La Hoya and Schaefer was settled on confidential terms and dismissed.
Mayweather was also named in the original suit, filed in December 2009, which stemmed from the contentious leadup to a possible fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao the following year.
Mayweather and Pacquiao never fought, at least in part because Pacquiao wouldn't agree to the Olympic-level drug testing suggested by Mayweather.
The next fight for Mayweather is scheduled for Sept. 17 against Victor Ortiz for the WBC welterweight title.