By Nick Tylwalk
Sorry, sorry, didn't mean to get everyone all excited for no reason. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have not agreed to fight each other yet, though the rumor mill is busy churning as hard as it can suggesting that talks are once again underway.
In the meantime, the two best boxers alive will go at it in the courtroom. A federal magistrate ordered Mayweather to give testimony starting today in Pacquiao's defamation lawsuit against him and father Floyd Sr. Though Mayweather attempted to have his appearance delayed on the grounds that he is preparing for his in-ring return against Victor Ortiz in September, that motion was denied.
As you may recall, Pacquiao originally sued both Mayweathers as well as Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer for making statements that accused Manny of using performance-enhancing drugs. Floyd Jr. actually said Manny was using "power pellets," so perhaps he can explain to the judge how that was a clever jab mixed with a Pac-Man reference.
In any case, De La Hoya and Schaefer settled their part of the suit a few weeks ago, leaving the case to proceed against Floyd Jr. and Sr. Before anyone asks, no, I don't think the lawsuit will have any bearing on whether or not an actual Pacquio-Mayweather boxing match will take place. This is boxing, after all, and for better or worse, anyone who participates in it at the highest level is accustomed to some legal shenanigans.
Could still be some interesting testimony, though, as Mayweather is rarely at a loss for words.
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