Court case hangs over Floyd-Pacquiao fight

The defamation suit filed by Manny Pacquiao against the Mayweathers — Floyd Jr., Floyd Sr. and Roger – and Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) will play a key role in negotiations to reach a deal for a super showdown between the two leading fighters in the world.

Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told the Las Vegas Review Journal over the weekend that apart from the purse split and random drug-testing, major points in getting a fight done, the case filed in Las Vegas by the Filipino fighter over statements made by the
Mayweathers and GBP officials Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer will be among the topics that will be taken up as soon as talks begin.
"The lawsuit is still being actively pursued," said Arum. "All these issues are on the table and will be negotiated. I'm sure it will be discussed."
Arum has been widely quoted as saying that Pacquiao is returning to the ring – possibly against Mayweather – on November 13 either in Las Vegas or Dallas.
But for talks with Mayweather's people to prosper, Arum admits he has to shut his mouth, something that was not done during the height of the negotiations early this year when Pacquiao and Mayweather were on the verge of agreeing to square off.
Even though the Mayweathers and GBP have denied saying Pacquiao has been using performance-enhancing drugs, Pacquiao believes they had done enough harm to tarnish his image of a boxer who has never and will never use these stuff to gain an advantage over an opponent.
Mayweather claims that the reason why he is batting for Pacquiao to undergo such tests is to level the playing field in the dangerous sport of boxing.
Pacquiao, however, remains steadfast that he will not allow himself to be bullied by Mayweather, stressing that he has never ever tested positive for a banned substance.

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