Floyd Mayweather Jr. has dodged a lot of jabs and uppercuts from opponents during his perfect 42-0 in the ring but he couldn’t duck a Las Vegas judge who presided over his domestic violence case this week.
The boxer was bitch-slapped with a 90-day jail term to be served in the Clark County Jail after pleading guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges. This is the case that evolved from Mayweather, Jr. allegedly going a round with his former girlfriend Josie Harris while two of their children were present back in September 2010.
Mayweather’s lawyer responded to the jail term by saying she may appeal the “unusual sentence”.
Floyd is expected to be in prison garb beginning Jan. 6 and the timing of this allows the fighter to not answer requests for the much anticipated title fight with Manny Pacquiao, a champion fighter from the Philippines.
While the boxing world awaited that match-up, the two fighters have sparred back and forth in the form of legal battles with defamation lawsuits in process in Las Vegas federal court that were started after Mayweather accused Pacquiao of engaging in PEDs.
Mayweather’s next bout was supposed to take place on May 5, 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena but that ain’t happening with this prison term now taking precedence.
The judge also ordered Mayweather to pay a $2,500 fine which is pocket change for a zillionaire like him and complete 100 hours of community service as well as attend a domestic violence counseling program.
Have to wonder why the fighter would plea deal but when you realize he could have faced trial on felony and misdemeanor charges that carry a max of 34 years in state prison, it makes better sense. Especially the course many of these judges have been taken. Look at the controversial 20-day prison term given to ESPN analyst Jalen Rose for driving with a few drinks under his belt.
With this one fight out of the way, Mayweather has more legal incidents that he needs to clean up including a misdemeanor harassment charge involving an HOA security guard.
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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal cult of readers who have found a way to love him.
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