Pacquiao's defamation case vs Mayweather to push through

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 26 2011 05:56 PM | Updated as of Dec 27 2011 06:47 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao's defamation suit against undefeated American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is pushing through, according to his legal adviser.

This, despite Mayweather serving a 90-day prison stint due to a domestic violence charge.

"At this time, we are not aware of any reason, including Mayweather's criminal situation, that would disrupt or delay Pacquiao's defamation case from proceeding," Atty. David Marroso told Ronnie Nathanielsz of Boxing Scene.

Pacquiao filed a defamation suit against Mayweather, his father Floyd Sr. and his uncle Roger after they accused the Filipino icon of using performance-enhancing drugs.

Marroso added the Mayweather "has been deposed, and we expect Pacquiao to be deposed, although the date has not been set."

Mayweather has been ordered to report to jail on January 6, and he will be released by early April. With his incarceration, it has become unlikely that a Pacquiao-Mayweather mega-fight will push through on May 5.

Pacquiao is reported to be meeting with his promoter, Top Rank chief executive officer Bob Arum, to discuss his possible opponents for 2012. Among the names being considered is Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto or Tim Bradley.