LAS VEGAS — A federal judge has ordered boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. to pay about $114,000 for avoiding questioning from rival fighter Manny Pacquiao's lawyers in a defamation case.

Attorneys for Pacquiao earlier lost a bid to end the lawsuit with a more severe sanction – a default judgment for Pacquiao.

But on Monday they won more than $113,000 in legal fees and $774 in costs for what U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks bluntly called "Mayweather's obviously intentional decision not to appear for his court ordered deposition."

Pacquiao, a Filipino fighter against whom the undefeated Mayweather is frequently measured, has alleged that Mayweather defamed him by suggesting Pacquiao used performance-enhancing substances.

Pacquiao has denied the claim. He filed the lawsuit in Las Vegas in December 2009 and has sought unspecified damages.

"Calling a professional athlete a cheater is the most serious charge one can make," the lawsuit said. "Accusing an athlete of using performance-enhancing drugs – however baseless and lacking in evidence – is toxic."

The two boxers have never fought in the ring, and the court saga playing out in Las Vegas has been seen as an impediment to a much-anticipated bout.

Mayweather lawyer Mark Tratos in Las Vegas declined comment. Pacquiao lawyers Daniel Petrocelli and David Marroso in Los Angeles didn't immediately responded Wednesday to messages about the court order.

News of the ruling came at the same time Las Vegas police reported handing a residential disturbance call involving Mayweather at his daughter's mother's house last week. No one was arrested and no criminal charges were filed in the Sept. 9 incident.

A Mayweather business entity owns the property, according to county records, and Melissa Brim, the mother of Mayweather's daughter, lives there, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Attempts by The Associated Press to reach Brim on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Police found no evidence of a physical altercation, Las Vegas police Officer Bill Cassell said, and no one in the house wanted to file a police report. Cassell called the case closed.

With no police report, an aide to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said the incident had no bearing on an unrelated domestic battery case for which Mayweather served two months this summer in a Las Vegas jail. He was released Aug. 3, and is not currently on probation.

Mayweather pleaded guilty last December to reduced misdemeanor charges stemming from a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack on another former girlfriend, Josie Harris, while two of their three children watched. Harris and the children now live in the Los Angeles area.

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  • Mayweather vs. Apodaca - October 11, 1996 (Professional Debut)

    Olympic medalist Floyd Mayweather of Grand Rapids, Mich., right, lands a right to the face of Roberto Apodaca of El Centro, Calif., during their super featherweight fight at Texas Station in Las Vegas. Mayweather scored a knockout at 37 seconds of the second round. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon)

  • Mayweather vs. Gerena - September 11, 1999

    Carlos Gerena, left, of Puerto Rico mixes it up with Floyd Mayweather Jr. of Grand Rapids, Mich., during the WBC super featherweight title fight in Las Vegas. Mayweather retained his title when referee Richard Steele, on advice of a ringside physician, stopped the fight after the seventh round. (AP Photo/Lori Cain)

  • Mayweather vs. Corrales - January 20, 2001

    Floyd Mayweather, left, of Grand Rapids, Mich., stands in the ring with his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., after defeating Diego Corrales of Sacramento, Calif., in their WBC super featherweight championship fight in Las Vegas. Prior to the bout, both Mayweather and Corrales were undefeated. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

  • Mayweather vs. Castillo II - December 7, 2002 (Rematch)

    Floyd Mayweather lands a left to Jose Luis Castillo of Mexico during their WBC lightweight fight at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. Due to the closeness of their first bout, Mayweather accepted a rematch, citing the rotator cuff injury to his left shoulder -- which he sustained during training two days before the original match -- as a hindrance the first time. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)

  • Mayweather vs. Gatti - June 25, 2005

    Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, of Las Vegas, Nev., hits Arturo Gatti of Jersey City, N. J. in second round action of their WBO world super lightweight championship bout at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. Gatti's corner stopped the fight after round six, giving Mayweather his third world title. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Mayweather vs. De La Hoya - May 5, 2007

    Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, throws a right at Oscar De La Hoya, during the fifth round of their WBC super welterweight world championship boxing match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The Mayweather-De La Hoya bout set the record for most PPV buys for a boxing match with 2.7 million households, shattering the record of 1.95 million for Evander Holyfield-Mike Tyson II. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

  • Mayweather vs. Hatton - December 8, 2007 (Retirement)

    Mayweather celebrates after defeating Hatton in the WBC welterweight boxing title fight at the MGM Grand hotel-casino in Las Vegas. Mayweather congratulated Hatton afterward, calling him the most difficult fighter he'd faced. Shortly after, Mayweather announced his retirement and expressed his interest in becoming a promoter. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

  • Mayweather vs. Márquez - Sept. 19, 2009 (Comeback)

    Floyd Mayweather Jr., right, and Juan Manuel Marquez, of Mexico, during their non-title welterweight fight in Las Vegas. On May 2, 2009, it was confirmed that Mayweather was coming out of a 21-month retirement to fight <em>The Ring</em> Lightweight Champion Juan Manuel Márquez. The fight marked only the fifth time in boxing history that a non-heavyweight fight sold more than 1 million pay-per-views, with the official HBO numbers coming in at over 1 million buys; and equalling a total of approximately $52 million. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

  • Mayweather vs. Ortiz - September 17, 2011 (Larry Merchant Incident)

    Floyd Mayweather delivered a controversial knockout punch to Victor Ortiz during the fourth round of the WBC welterweight title fight in Las Vegas. Although Mayweather's victory was generally accepted as legal, it was also labelled as unsportsmanlike, as Larry Merchant reminds him after the match. Mayweather responded with a barrage of disrespectful comments before exiting the ring.

  • Mayweather vs. Cotto - May 5, 2012

    Boxers Floyd Mayweather, left, and Miguel Cotto face-off during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. Cotto and Mayweather will fight in Las Vegas on May 5, 2012 for Cotto's WBA World super welterweight title. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig).