LAS VEGAS: Boxer Floyd Mayweather has been ordered by a US judge to pay over $100,000 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 $113,000 in legal fees for his lawyers and $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. “Calling a professional athlete a cheater is the most serious charge one can make,” said the lawsuit. “Accusing an athlete of using performance-enhancing drugs – however baseless and lacking in evidence – is toxic.”
Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2012.