Floyd Mayweather Jr. just can’t seem to say out of legal trouble.
According to a lawsuit filed last Friday, a 21-year-old man alleges that Mayweather instructed his bodyguards to attack him in a Las Vegas casino for asking him about the super fight that never was between him and Filipino star, Manny Pacquiao.
Anthony Cliff of Las Vegas accuses Mayweather’s bodyguards of assaulting him near a valet parking stand at the Palms Casino Resort on March 27, 2010. This, apparently, came on the heels of Mayweather misconstruing Cliff’s inquiries regarding a fight between him and Pacquiao as a sign of disrespect.
As per the lawsuit, Mayweather’s bodyguards allegedly hit Cliff in the face, slammed his head into the ground and kicked him repeatedly in the back and side.
When contacted regarding the situation, Mayweather’s attorney opted not to respond.
Jacinto Rivera, a Las Vegas police spokesman, said that the alleged assault at the Palms was reported, but had to be suspended because witnesses and casino surveillance tapes did not identify any suspects.
Nevertheless, the accuser is sticking to his story.
"At the end of the day there needs to be justice," said Afshin Tadayon, Cliff's lawyer. "You can't have people out there who do this sort of thing."
"Not only does Mr. Cliff want to see a fight against Mr. Pacquiao, but so do many boxing fans," Tadayon said. "So, it was just a question."
The Palms was also named in the 43-page lawsuit for failing to provide the appropriate amount of security.