With Floyd Mayweather’s sentence to spend 90 days in jail, the highly anticipated super-fight against Manny Pacquiao is once again on hold. Mayweather plead guilty to misdemeanor battery and harassment, in order to avoid felony charges stemming from an altercation with his ex-girlfriend.
“Punishment is appropriate,” Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa said during the proceedings. “No matter who you are, you have consequences to your actions when they escalate to this level of violence,”
Mayweather is expected to turn himself in on Jan. 6, 2011, and the undefeated boxer might be incarcerated until early April. Given the proposed May 5 date for the super-fight, Mayweather’s jail sentenced has raised a lot of doubts about the fight.
Mayweather’s attorney, Karen Winckler, is still considering an appeal, and it isn’t yet clear just how long he’ll be behind bars.
Even without an appeal, the Las Vegas justice system has been partial to celebrities in the past, and it won’t be surprising if Mayweather ends up serving only a fraction of his sentence. Back in 2007, Las Vegas authorities made a show of sentencing famous partier Paris Hilton to 45 days in jail, only to send her home after a few nights behind bars.
Still, Mayweather’s sentence puts a huge question mark on the May 5 super-fight against Pacquiao, and I wouldn’t bet on the super-fight happening on time.
Depending on how long Mayweather spends in jail, the fight might still take place later on in the year. The jail sentence doesn’t dampen the demand for the bout, and boxing fans will still come out in droves whenever the fight takes place. Pacquiao and Mayweather are still the two biggest names in the sport, and it’s hard to see either man walking away from so much money.
Without a question, Mayweather is the most skilled boxer on the planet right now, and I doubt a few months in jail will diminish his skills. Hopefully the time behind bars will help Mayweather deal with his issues and get his priorities back in order.