Friday, June 1, 2012 | 4 p.m.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is known as a defensive wizard in the ring, but he hasn't been able to avoid being hit in a different arena — civil courts.
Here's a glance at some of the lawsuits that have been filed against the Las Vegas boxer.
May 9, 2011 — Las Vegas nightclub bouncer Clay Gerling filed suit in Clark County District Court, claiming he was roughed up and injured by a bodyguard for Mayweather.
Gerling targeted Mayweather, his companies and an unidentified bodyguard for the boxer in the suit. He contended he was assaulted Jan. 2 at Drai’s at Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon on the Las Vegas Strip.
In the lawsuit, Gerling claimed he was working as a security guard and had "carded," or asked for identification from Mayweather and others in his group when the Mayweather bodyguard grabbed and choked Gerling.
Attorneys for Mayweather are contesting the claim. The lawsuit remains active, but a trial has not been set.
June 27, 2011 — Mayweather Jr. and his bodyguard entourage were named in another lawsuit alleging assault, this time by Clark County resident Anthony R. Cliff.
Cliff claimed that, on March 27, 2010, after he tried to take Mayweather’s photo and made some comments about a potential fight for Mayweather, Mayweather replied that Cliff was disrespecting him and gave the thumbs-down sign to his bodyguards. The incident occurred in the valet parking area of the Palms resort, Cliff said.
That was a "signal for the bodyguards to attack Cliff, which they then did, striking Cliff in the face, knocking, pulling or pushing Cliff to the ground,"’ Cliff's attorneys claimed in the suit.
As with the Gerling action, Cliff's lawsuit remains active. No trial date has been set.
Crystal Palace Skating Center
Aug. 17, 2011 — Two men sued Mayweather Jr., two associates and two Mayweather companies, claiming they were responsible for a 2009 shooting at a Las Vegas roller skating rink .
The suit was filed in Clark County District Court by Quincey Williams and Damien Bland.
One of the men sued Tuesday, Ocie Shomari Harris, aka "O.C.," was indicted in 2010 in connection with the incident.
Las Vegas Police said Harris was suspected of shooting at a BMW convertible with two people inside after words were exchanged by the vehicle's occupants and Mayweather on Aug. 23, 2009, at the Crystal Palace Skating Center.
A July 2013 trial has been scheduled on the matter.
A 2009 defamation lawsuit filed by Manny Pacquiao against Mayweather remains active in federal court in Las Vegas.
In an amendment to the suit filed last month, Pacquiao claims to have been defamed when Mayweather and his trainers and promoters falsely suggested the Filipino fighter was using performance-enhancing drugs like steroids. The statements were made as early as September 2009 and continued through March of this year, Pacquiao alleged in the amendment.
Attorneys for Mayweather have denied the allegations and asserted in a defamation counterclaim that it was Pacquiao who had defamed Mayweather in 2009 by falsely suggesting Mayweather had used steroids.