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Pacquiao and Mayweather settle defamation lawsuit out of court

A 'strictly confidential' agreement has been reached out of court between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather in Pacquiao's three-year old defamation lawsuit.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

The Associated Press reports that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have reached a confidential, out-of-court settlement in Pacquiao's defamation lawsuit against Mayweather, days after a judge ordered Floyd to pay about $14,000 to Manny for avoiding questioning in the case.

The suit was filed way back in December 2009, about a year after Mayweather vs Pacquiao became a topic of note, less than a year after the fight became the demand bout in all of boxing. As for the fight ever happening, we're still waiting, and it's not what it used to be now, anyway.

The settlement is, the report says, "strictly confidential," but if it's like anything else involving boxing or, even more specifically, these two guys, something will probably leak eventually.

I could go on a good bit and tell you how little this actually interests me, but it is news involving the world's two most important and famous professional boxers, so there you go. And now that I have reached my magical word limit, I am done talking about it. It still has nothing to do with a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, and the settlement is no real clue that we're any closer to that day.

As for their boxing careers, Pacquiao will face Juan Manuel Marquez for a fourth time on December 8, while Mayweather is highly unlikely to fight again in 2012, and has been quiet about his boxing career since his August release from jail.

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