Lawyer: Pacquiao settles defamation lawsuit

Manny Pacquiao has settled a defamation lawsuit against other
boxing world figures who intimated he used performance-enhancing
drugs, a lawyer for the boxer said Wednesday.

Terms of Pacquiao’s settlement with fellow boxer Oscar de La
Hoya and Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions were
confidential, attorney Daniel Petrocelli said.

Messages left with Schaefer and de La Hoya attorney Jeffrey
Spitz weren’t returned.

Pacquiao claimed in his suit that he has never tested positive
for any performance-enhancing drugs, but that de La Hoya and
Schaefer – along with boxing rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. and
Mayweather’s father and uncle – embarked on a campaign to make
people think he used drugs.

Petrocelli said Mayweather and his family members weren’t
involved in the settlement and that the suit would continue against
them. Mayweather lawyer Mark Tratos didn’t return a call.

News of the settlement came about six weeks after a federal
judge in Nevada rejected a defense motion arguing that Pacquiao’s
case lacked merit and asking for its dismissal.