Artist angry after Mayweather takes his painting

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 05 2012 07:37 PM | Updated as of Mar 06 2012 03:37 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- American boxer Floyd Mayweather is facing another controversy after he allegedly took a painting by Jun Aquino, who is known as the "official painter" of Manny Pacquiao.

Aquino brought his 3 x 5-foot painting of Mayweather and Miguel Cotto to the Grauman Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, where a press conference for their upcoming fight was being held.

The Filipino painter was hoping to have the two boxers sign his work, which is reportedly worth $50,000 or over P2.2 million, so he can use it in his exhibit.

Aquino said he approached Mayweather's car and asked for an autograph, but the boxer sped away with his painting.

"Binuksan ang bintana, sabi ko, 'Can you sign this?' Sabi niya, 'Come, come.' Kaso biglang umalis ang sasakyan niya, dala ang painting at pen," he said.

Aquino urged Mayweather to clear his name and to return his masterpiece. If not, he said he will file a criminal case against the boxer.

ABS-CBN tried to get Mayweather's side of the story, but he could not be reached for comment.

Asked to comment on the issue, Pacquiao said: "Narinig ko na ang balita na 'yan. Hintayin na lang natin [na] imbestigahan." -- Report from Alex Santos, ABS-CBN News