MANILA, Philippines – Undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is taking back the allegations he made against Filipino ring icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao which led to the Filipino’s filing a defamation suit against him.
Pacquiao filed a federal defamation case against Mayweather in 2009 after the American implied that Pacquiao was using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
But earlier today, the two camps settled the case out-of-court, and Mayweather and his camp have since issued a statement taking back their ealier allegations.
“Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions wish to make it clear that they never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance enhancing drugs,” Mayweather said in a statement released to Boxing Scene.
“Nor are they aware of any evidence that Manny Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs. Manny Pacquiao is a great champion, and no one should construe any of our prior remarks as claiming that Manny Pacquiao has used performance enhancing drugs,” he added.
Details of the settlement were not disclosed.
Last week, a Nevada judge ordered Mayweather to pay Pacquiao over $100,000 in legal fees after the American boxer failed to attend court-ordered depositions.
It is unsure what the settlement will mean for the negotiations for a Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight, however. Boxing fans have long wanted to see the two prize-fighters in the ring, as they are considered the best pound-for-pound in the sport right now.
A mega-fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather is expected to be the richest fight in the history of the sport.