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Pacquiao filed suit in U.S. District Court in Nevada on Wednesday against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions executives Oscar De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer, alleging that they made false and defamatory statements accusing him of taking performance-enhancing drugs. It could be the final blow that will kill the negotiations for their proposed March 13 HBO PPV super fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, a bout many believe would be the richest fight in boxing history if it takes place.
But it has hung in the balance for days as the sides have been hung up on one item -- the drug testing protocol to be used for the bout.
Mayweather has insisted on random urine and blood testing for both fighters. Pacquiao, who has agreed to random unlimited urine testing, has balked at random blood testing, saying he would only take three blood tests: One in early January around the time of the kickoff news conference, one randomly up to 30 days before the fight and one in the dressing room after the fight.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission only requires urine testing.
While Todd duBoef, the president of Pacquiao promoter Top Rank, and Golden Boy executive Bruce Binkow, representing Mayweather, continue to hold talks to try to find common ground, Pacquiao filed suit.
"Manny Pacquiao's achievements come from God-given talent and an indefatigable work ethic -- not steroids," said Pacquiao's Los Angles attorney, Daniel Petrocelli. "He cannot and will not allow others to deliberately misrepresent his years of hard work and tarnish his reputation.
"We had no choice but to file this lawsuit. He's had an unblemished reputation. You cannot accuse an athlete of cheating. It's the worst possible thing you can do to an athlete. They knew he didn't take any performance-enhancing drugs and they made these statements anyway. There was no choice but to bring a lawsuit to protect his reputation."
Petrocelli said they would seek damages "in the tens of millions."