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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Pacquiao sticking to his guns over Mayweather lawsuit, and rightly so

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Pittsburgh Fight Sports Examiner | Scott Heritage

It was suggested recently that team Pacquiao was ready to cancel his lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather and Golden Boy promotions if the testing demands were dropped for a possible fight between the two.

Manny Pacquiao has since said that this is not happening, and that the lawsuit will go ahead as planned whatever happens.

Pacquiao advisor Michael Koncz, speaking to the Philstar, said:

“Why do we need to use the lawsuit as a bargaining chip? That’s ridiculous, Manny’s reputation has been tarnished. And we just talked to our lawyers in Los Angeles the day before yesterday. It’s full steam ahead as far as the lawsuit is concerned,”

Offering to trade off on the lawsuit might not have been such a good idea anyway because to the outside observer, it could appear to be an admission of guilt. To those who have been closely following the story, it would of course simply be a means to an end, a way of getting Mayweather into the ring without having to play by his rules.

The headlines in mainstream media would probably read differently though, and Pacquiao trading less invasive testing for dropping a lawsuit would look as if he was fearful about what the tests would reveal. This wouldn't really be the case, but to someone who hadn't read all of the details, it would probably reflect negatively about Pacquiao as well as Mayweather.

Mayweather constantly talking up his campaign to clean up the sport and then dropping the whole idea would make him look just as bad for not keeping to his original stance.

Pacquiao and his team are sticking with their stance of letting the commission do all the testing and not getting involved in it themselves.

The suit itself will probably be in litigation for quite some time anyway, and likely won't be settled before both fighters are retired anyway. What the chances are of Pacquiao winning the suit isn't entirely clear.

If he continues to make upwards of $40 million per year until he does retire, it might be difficult for his lawyers to make the case that he has lost a lot of money as a result of the accusations.

Some have also said that Teddy Atlas and Paulie Malignaggi should be added to the suit over the comments both made regarding the situation. Check out Michael Marley's article on the Atlas incident.

Steve, Pittsburgh: "Suing Mayweather is a waste of time, it wont repair his reputation and he won't win either"

Bill, Pittsburgh: "Even if the lawsuit was on offer as a bargaining chip, I can't see Mayweather accepting it in exchange for less testing and even if he did he would then have more fuel to tarnish Manny's name anyway"

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