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.