If you ever see Floyd Mayweather out at a party throwing money around and buying shots for strangers, realize he doesn’t really want to be there. He’s just promoting the image he needs to uphold his reputation, please his fans and convince people to purchase his next pay per view fight. At least that’s what his lawyer is arguing in a legal document filed as part of the ongoing Manny Pacquiao lawsuit. We’ll go ahead and call it the 30 Rock Tracy Jordan defense.

The situation all started more than a year ago when Money Mayweather agreed to fight PacMan at the MGM Grand in what many thought would be the fight of the century. Both boxers had held belts in multiple divisions and many considered the pair the two best pound for pound fighters in the world. A fifty million dollar purse was agreed to, and the event was scheduled for March 13th, 2010. Unfortunately, that’s as far as the highly anticipated fight ever got. Pacquiao refused to agree to random blood tests during the month before the right, saying he’d agree to be tested immediately after the match. He thought the needles would weaken his strength. In response, Mayweather’s camp accused Pacman of doping, and a defamation lawsuit was filed. Money was given twenty-four separate dates to be deposed, but he failed to show up for any of them.

According to TMZ, Mayweather is claiming he didn’t show up for any of the scheduled sit downs because he had to go out clubbing to promote his image. The brief asserts the nightclub appearances are “not random acts of partying, but calculated promotional events designed to appeal to his fan base and maintain his public presence." As evidence, they claim Money doesn’t even drink, smoke or take drugs.

This whole partying because you have to rational might seem ridiculous, but I can attest to the fact that it works. There’s a high profile lawyer living in my college town who occasionally shows up at bars, throws down a few hundred dollar bills and gifts the room with free drinks. He doesn’t booze either, but the random acts of generosity have solidified his reputation as the go-to lawyer. Of course, this doesn’t excuse not showing up for scheduled depositions.

These two need to sort their mess out. Like millions of other people, I’m ready to drop fifty bucks to watch them fight. It’s just sitting there on the table. I hope someday they take it. Then Money Mayweather can spend all the time he wants maintaining his image.



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