Floyd Mayweather Jr. has avoided appearing for court-ordered depositions in the defamation suit raised by Manny Pacquiao the last few months. Making matters worse is that Pacquiao’s team argued Floyd chose to party instead of getting deposed. According to TMZ, Mayweather’s lawyers are arguing that he wasn’t avoiding the depositions but rather partying because it’s part of his job.
In the documents, Mayweather’s lawyers reportedly claim the nightclubbing is “not random acts of partying, but calculated promotional events designed to appeal to [Floyd's] fan base and maintain his public presence.”
That was the excuse they used for Floyd missing the depositions in the past. More recently, he’s cited his training regimen as the reason he’s been unavailable.
It’s a creative argument by Mayweather’s legal team to be certain, but it likely will be dismissed by a judge. Floyd does have a public persona to maintain, but there’s no reason he couldn’t take one night off his busy schedule to be deposed. Plus, the whole “maintaining an image” argument brings up a related point.