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Mayweather, Pacquiao end court battle

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pacquaio-celebratesSeptember 26, 2012 - 9:25AM

Las Vegas

Floyd Mayweather jnr and Manny Pacquiao have agreed to settle a defamation case in Las Vegas, according to a lawyer involved in the case, a move that avoids trial and clears a key hurdle to a long-awaited bout between two top fighters who've traded verbal jabs for years but have never met in the ring.

Terms of the deal are confidential, Malcolm LaVergne, a lawyer representing Floyd Mayweather jnr's father in the case, told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

LaVergne said the various parties to the case have signed documents to be filed under seal asking US District Judge Larry Hicks to dismiss the case. He said others involved in the case were preparing a public statement.

"The matter has been resolved," LaVergne said. "Any alleged terms of the resolution would be strictly confidential. Floyd Mayweather snr is very happy that this lengthy case has finally come to a conclusion."

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The judge last week ordered Floyd Mayweather jnr to pay about $US114,000 ($A110,000) in legal fees and court costs for avoiding questioning under oath from Pacquiao's lawyers in the case.

Lawyers for Pacquiao earlier lost a bid to end the lawsuit with a more severe sanction — a default judgment for Pacquiao.

LaVergne said on Tuesday he had no information about whether the court settlement means Mayweather and Pacquiao will meet in the ring.

Mayweather's promoter, Leonard Ellerbe, and lawyers for the two fighters didn't immediately respond to messages.

Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank Inc, declined to comment. His spokesman, Lee Samuels, said the company was not involved in the defamation case.

Pacquiao, 33, filed the lawsuit in December 2009 in Las Vegas. He sought unspecified damages based on allegations that Mayweather defamed him by suggesting he used performance-enhancing substances. Pacquiao denied Mayweather's claim.

Pacquiao is 54-4 with two draws in 60 fights. He is due to fight Juan Manuel Marquez on December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas.

Mayweather, 35, was serving two months of a three-month sentence in a Las Vegas jail on a domestic battery conviction when he was named by Forbes magazine this year as the highest-paid athlete in the world for 2011. He is undefeated in 43 fights and was guaranteed $US32 million ($A30.7 million) for a May 5 bout where he defeated Miguel Cotto.

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