LAS VEGAS (CN) – Undefeated professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. claims he did not defame Atlanta Sports & Entertainment Marketing when he sued the company for allegedly registering a domain for an official fan club without his permission.
The defendant challenged the underlying reason for registering the domain floydmayweather.net, claiming Mayweather’s former business associate had, in fact, hired ASEM to create a fan site. It threatened to sue Mayweather for defamation after gossip site TMZ.com reported the cybersquatting lawsuit, Mayweather claims.
Mayweather dropped his cybersquatting suit against ASEM, but claims the company tried to extort him into paying money – first demanding $1 million, which it later lowered to $750,000 – to avoid the defamation suit.
Mayweather claims that any statements made in the course of previous litigation are “absolutely privileged and thus not actionable.”
He also says his cybersquatting lawsuit was brought in good faith, because he did not realize that his associate, who has since been fired, was making deals behind his back.
The professional athlete, along with Pretty Boy Entertainment and agent Leonard Ellerbe, are represented by Greenberg Traurig LLP.