28 June 2011

Floyd Mayweather Jr. faces another lawsuit

Another lawsuit has been filed against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas.

According to ESPN.com, a 21-year-old man is claiming that Mayweather ordered his bodyguards to attack him at a Las Vegas casino.

The complainant, named Anthony Cliff, said that Mayweather ordered the attack after Cliff asked about Mayweather's possible bout with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao.

The lawsuit accuses Mayweather of assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention of employees.

The lawsuit said that Mayweather's bodyguards struck Cliff in the face and slammed his head into the ground. It alleges that the bodyguards repeatedly kicked Cliff in the back and side.

Mayweather's attorney did not respond when asked for a comment.

Cliff said that he tried to take Mayweather's photo inside the casino and stopped when a bodyguard told him that he was not allowed to take pictures. When Cliff ran into Mayweather again in the valet stand, he asked someone in Mayweather's entourage about a possible match between Mayweather and Pacquiao.

Afshin Tadayon, Cliff's lawyer, said that "it was just a question."

"Not only does Mr. Cliff want to see a fight against Mr. Pacquiao, but so do many boxing fans," Tadayon said.

But the question allegedly irritated Mayweather and his entourage. Mayweather allegedly told Cliff that he was being disrespectful and gave his bodyguards a "thumbs down" gesture, signaling for them to attack Cliff, according to the lawsuit.

It will not be the first time that a lawsuit has been filed against Mayweather, who has a history of run-ins with the law.

He is facing felony charges from a domestic argument, misdemeanor harassment and battery charges. Mayweather also did not show up for a court-ordered deposition in a defamation case filed by Pacquiao.

Source: ABS CBN News

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