During a news conference in Los Angeles Sept. 4, 2014, Shantel Jackson (right), ex-fiancee of boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., looks on as her attorney, Gloria Allred, holds up a photograph of the couple after announcing a lawsuit against the boxer, claiming battery, assault, invasion of privacy, defamation and false imprisonment.
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While Floyd Mayweather Jr. is getting ready to take on Marcos Maidana next week, he may want to make sure his lawyers are ready to fight his former fiancee, Shantel Jackson, in court.

According to the Associated Press, Jackson filed a civil lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging that the superstar boxer abused her during their relationship and reportedly threatened to post naked photos of Jackson online unless she took down from social media photos of her at a basketball game with rapper Nelly (whom she was also rumored to be dating once she and Mayweather split).


Standing in the offices of her attorney, Gloria Allred, Jackson had tears in her eyes, according to AP, as she read a prepared statement, recounting a seven-year relationship during which she loved Mayweather but endured abuse by him.

According to Jackson, Mayweather followed through on one of his reported threats, posting photos of a supposed sonogram to social media and claiming the two split after Jackson aborted the couple's child, AP reports.

Allred would not comment on reports that Jackson aborted the couple's twins without Mayweather's knowledge, but did say that Jackson told Mayweather that the pregnancy was terminated in January. Allred also declined to specify damages in the suit against Mayweather, AP notes.


According to a Forbes report last year, Mayweather, whose nickname is "Money," was the highest-paid athlete in the world, having made some $105 million.  

Calls to Mayweather's handlers by AP were not immediately returned.

This isn't the first time that Mayweather has been accused of abusing an ex. In 2012 the boxer served two months in prison after "pleading guilty to reduced domestic battery charges stemming from a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack on his former girlfriend, Josie Harris, while two of their three children watched," AP reports.

Read more at the Associated Press.