Mayweather Jr pleads guilty and sentenced to 90 days in gaol, what does this mean for Cinco de Mayo?

21 Dec

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr, the current incumbent of the WBC welterweight world championship, has pleaded guilty to reduced battery domestic violence and harassment charges before a Las Vegas judge today, Wednesday, December 21 and has consequently been sentenced to a 90 day imprisonment. The 34-year-old has also been ordered to complete 100 hours community service and pay a $2,500 fine, but how will this affect his prospective ring return?

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Super fight with Pacman may now be on hold… Credit: Stacey Verbeek - Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas

Having been found guilty of the aforementioned misdemeanor charges, Mayweather Jr avoided sentencing for felony grand larceny in a September, 2010 incident when he was alleged to hit his then girlfriend and threatened two of their children.

If convicted of all charges, the boxer – an undefeated, defensively-sharp fighter who has championed five different weight divisions – could have been incarcerated for 34 years.

Mayweather attended court with his manager, long-time confidant, ally and CEO of Mayweather Promotions – Leonard Ellerbe. He will report for prison on Friday, January 6, 2012.

Should Mayweather (42-0-0, 26ko) complete the full sentence then he will not be released until Thursday, April 5. This puts his prospective ring return date of May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, on hold.

It is a twist of fate that Mayweather’s personal life has taken such a plummet when his prizefighting reputation reached stratospheric heights with his fourth round knockout of Victor Ortiz, together with welterweight rival Manny Pacquiao’s unconvincing majority decisioning of Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez.

Mayweather’s victory over Ortiz gave Floyd a new lease of in-ring life… he spoke warmly about wanting to please his fans by fighting regularly and taking on the greatest of challenges. It was widely speculated that the man dubbed Money could end up boxing Pacquiao or lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in 2012.

Ellerbe even confirmed that they had put the MGM Grand on hold for May 5; Cinco de Mayo, a lucrative date in boxing, particularly for Mexicans, and the fact that there was still eight, seven and now six months to any prospective super fight, it was deemed that there was still enough time to design and execute a fitting promotion for such an event.

A grand promotion and en eight-week training camp are mandatory requirements for big-time boxing and so Mayweather’s ring return will not likely occur until the final quarter of 2012. In such an event, he may even receive a second punishment as he could see himself getting stripped of his WBC title for a period of what would be perceived as inactivity.

Regarding his sentence, Mayweather is yet to comment…

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