A Los Angeles recording company is suing boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao for $10 million, claiming he reneged on a contract to record a dozen songs.
Pacquiao is known for his furious fists inside the ring, but his mellow, heartfelt music has developed something of a cult following. He’s performed on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night TV show and one of his love songs recently appeared on a Top 10 pop chart.
Lawyers for Pacquiao and RBM Group International appeared in court in Los Angeles on Thursday. The two sides said they will try to come to a settlement with the help of a private mediator, according to a report from Los Angeles Wave. If not, the case will go to trial next year.
The suit filed last year claims Pacquiao agreed to record 12 songs. RBM said it paid Pacquiao $40,000 for the first two songs, but that he never delivered any of them.
RBM is seeking $200,000 in general damages and the $10 million in lost profits.
Pacquiao’s lawyers deny any wrongdoing and have filed a motion to dismiss most of the case. A hearing will be held on that issue next month.