Boxer Manny Pacquiao has hit back at allegations he reneged on a multi-million dollar record contract - accusing music executives of "envy". The Filipino sportsman is said to have made an agreement with bosses at RBM Group International in 2009 to record 12 tracks.
Bosses at the music company took legal action at Los Angeles County Superior Court in November accusing the boxer of failing to deliver the material. The lawsuit added that he left the company $200,000 out of pocket and caused it to lose out on profits of $10 million.
However, lawyers for Pacquiao have fired back at the allegations in their own suit, insisting RBM chiefs only paid him $40,000 up front instead of the agreed $160,000. The papers add that the failure to deliver the full amount up front meant he was no longer obliged to record the songs, and suggests RBM managers are simply jealous of his recent boxing winnings of $15 million.
Quoting a famous phrase by Saint John Chrysostom, his lawyer adds, "As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man."