Floyd Mayweather is going to jail. According to TMZ and the live stream they provided, Mayweather pleaded no contest and was sentenced today to six months in prison for assaulting his ex-girlfriend by Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa. Three months of the prison term will be suspended, which leaves three to serve, beginning Jan. 6. On top of the prison term to be served in the Clark County Correction Center, Mayweather will also have to complete 100 hours of community service, pay a fine of $2,500 and attend domestic violence counselling program for a year.
The sentence should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Mayweather's career in any detail. The guy just can't keep out of trouble. He has a long list of ugly run-ins with the law behind him including allegedly poking in the face and harassing various security guards. But this incident, an assault on his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris in September 2010, sounds particularly ugly, taking place in front of his children.
All this takes place just as all signs were beginning to point to the biggest fight in boxing, Manny Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, finally taking place on May 5. I'm no math whiz, but I'm pretty sure that 87 days in prison (three months minus time served) starting in January would have Mayweather coming out in March. That likely would not leave enough time for the media tour and training that a mega fight like that would require.
There was always a chance that this could happen, considering Mayweather's legal troubles. The best boxing fans can hope for is that some time in prison does Floyd some good, attitude-wise. A fight with Pacquiao isn't necessarily off, but it's now looking as unlikely as it ever was. Since we're talking about Floyd here, there's always the chance that he suspected the game was up all along and was just playing with Pacquiao in regards to the May 5 date.
If you were Manny, would you feel like waiting around for Floyd to get out of prison? No, you'd want to be making money by fighting either Juan Manuel Marquez again or Tim Bradley. If you were Bob Arum would you be waiting around for Floyd to get out of prison? Hell no.
This brief has about as many TMZ references as you'll ever find in a TQBR post, but at least they provide on ray of sunshine; R Kelly has written 32 (32!) new chapters of Trapped In The Closet, his magnum opus.
Floyd's already working on Chapter 2 of Take the Test.
I actually wouldn't be surprised if Floyd gets out by the end of February, if he gets a reduction in his sentence for good behavior. Then again, that would require good behavior from Floyd, so fuck it, he's stuck there for 90 days. Maybe longer.
Here's hoping he pays homage to the Tyson perp walk handcuff dance.
And it all makes me more admiring of a guy like ward who can be equally disciplined in and out of the ring, keeping clean sheets whatever he pursues in life. Lets put together a P4P for all round clean sheet fighters!
Think Marquez, Cotto then Bradley...In that order.
If JMM prices himself out, Cotto gets the shot. If both are unreasonable, Bradley is the long shot
Testing -agreed. More money for Floyd- Agreed.
And STILL, Floyd has found a new way to duck Pacquiao. lol!
As we say is Australia, sucked in Floyd. You ain't above the law. You cannot hit women and children.
@axmcc don't think Paq will wait around, look for JMM-Paq 4 to happen next
As much as I don't want Mayweather-Pacquiao to be spoiled (assuming it isn't already by Pacquiao's decline), I can't help but be pleased that Mayweather is now, at long last, facing some semblance of justice for his crimes. The guy has skated far too long with evading the law, not showing up for court dates, etc. And I never convict someone before a court does, but everything about this case with the kids witnessing the violence rang true.
Too bad it had to happen in the first place. But if it did, I'm glad Floyd's paying at least SOME price.
@drrobtw but it won't happen, sadly. Unless Carlos Slim decides to get into the boxing business.
@drrobtw Hell no. I really hope they don't put him in with Bradley. JMM 4 makes sense. Putting it in the Estadio Azteca would be cool...
@drrobtw JMM pac 4 in Mexico would be huuuuuuge. Level with JCC Sr. fights. I would actually cry for having left.