MANILA, Philippines – Filipino boxer Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao scored a victory over Floyd Mayweather Jr. when a United States judge ordered the unbeaten American boxer to pay Pacquiao over $100,000 in legal fees.
Judge Larry R. Hicks of Nevada ruled in a decision dated September 17 that Mayweather should pay Pacquiao $113,518.50 (approximately 4,737,694 pesos) in legal fees as well as $774.10 (approximately (32,307 pesos) in court costs.
"The clerk of court shall enter an award of attorney’s fees in favor of plaintiff Emmanuel Pacquiao and against defendant Floyd Mayweather Jr., in the amount of $113,518.50 ," Judge Larry R. Hicks wrote.
"The clerk of court shall also enter an award of costs in favor of plaintiff Emmanuel Pacquiao and against defendant Floyd Mayweather Jr., in the amount of $774.10," he added.
In September of 2009, Pacquiao sued Mayweather for defamation, alleging that the American boxer accused him of using performance enhancing drugs.
Mayweather did not attend a court-ordered deposition last year. Gossip website TMZ later reported that on the night Mayweather was supposed to appear in court, he was in an Atlanta club burning $100 bills.
Pacquiao later filed a motion for attorney's fees "associated with Mayweather's missed deposition," according to the court decision.
"In his motion, Pacquiao is seeking fees charged for work performed by O'Melveny & Myers LLP attorneys David Marroso and Harrison Whitman. Marroso is the partner in charge of litigation and bills $695 an hour. Whitman is an associate who graduated from law school in 2008 and bills $495 an hour," the court decision read.
In granting Pacquiao's motion, Hicks wrote that "this matter is a sanction against Mayweather's obviously intentional decision not to appear for his court ordered deposition."
"This was a direct discovery violation after the court had entered a very clear order that the deposition go forward," he added.
In filing the motion, Pacquiao's lawyers Marroso and Whitman wrote that Mayweather "decided that he, not the court, would determine if and when his deposition would take place."
"(Mayweather) disobeyed properly served deposition notices, filed specious 'emergency' motions, openly defied this court's order directing him to appear, and serially misrepresented his whereabouts to Pacquiao and this court," the motion read, as reported by Boxing Scene.
"Exposing Mayweather's untruths was a massive – and expensive – undertaking," it added.
According to Boxing Scene, O’Melveny & Myers is "a top Los Angeles firm that often represents the interests of Pacquiao and Top Rank."
Boxing fans have long hoped for Pacquiao and Mayweather to meet inside the ring, but the two boxers' camps have routinely failed to come to an agreement over various issues.
The defamation suit that Pacquiao filed against Mayweather is only one of the issues blocking the mega-fight.