US judge orders Mayweather to pay Pacquiao
LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AFP) - Boxer Floyd Mayweather has been ordered by a United States judge to pay over US$100,000 (S$125,000) in legal costs after the American failed to answer questions from Manny Pacquiao's lawyers in a defamation case.
American federal judge Larry Hicks awarded Pacquiao about US$113,000 in legal fees for his lawyers and US$774 in costs, because of "Mayweather's obviously intentional decision not to appear for his court ordered deposition."
Pacquiao filed a lawsuit three years ago in Las Vegas, saying that Mayweather defamed him by suggesting Pacquiao used performance-enhancing substances. The lawsuit seeks unspecific damages.
"Calling a professional athlete a cheater is the most serious charge one can make," the lawsuit said.