Mandela's daughter must pay $7.5m over Pacquiao fight
American promoter awarded damages over failed attempts to arrange a bout in Soweto
ONE OF Nelson Mandela's daughters has been ordered to pay $7.5m to an American boxing promoter in a bizarre twist to the long-running tale of the on/off megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
Efforts to get the two boxers into the ring together have been rumbling on for years without success and Zindziswa Mandela is one of the many people who tried to organise a fight. But now she faces a battle of her own as she prepares to challenge the ruling by a judge in Los Angeles.
The row began in April last year when boxing promoter Duane Moody filed a lawsuit claiming that he was owed millions of dollars by Zindziswa over a failed attempt to set up a Pacquiao Mayweather bout in Soweto to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday.
The fight, which Mandela apparently expected to raise $100m, was due to have taken place in November, despite the fact that Mandela's birthday is in July. Moody claimed that he was promised 15 per cent of the purse, but negotiations foundered and he says he was even thrown out of his hotel in LA because Mandela was not paying the bill as arranged.
In the court papers he claimed breach of contract and gossip website TMZ today reports that as Mandela never responded to Moody's complaint a judge awarded the promoter $7.5m plus costs. Moody's lawyer said: "We haven't heard anything from any representative for Ms Mandela. It appears she feels hiding in South Africa means she can avoid her obligations in the US."
But TMZ claims that Mandela's lawyers will now challenge the judgment.
In the meantime plans for a fight in May, billed as a showdown between the world's best fighters, are hanging by a thread as Mayweather prepares to serve a prison sentence for attacking an ex-girlfriend.
He struck a deal with prosecutors that means he will be out in March, explains Steve Bunce in The Independent, but it is still not clear whether the fight, which is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas and could raise an eye-watering $500m, will actually go ahead.