Boxer Mayweather Released Early from Jail
Floyd Mayweather Jr., the boxing champion, was released from jail in Las Vegas last Friday having served just two months of a 90-day sentence. He was jailed for domestic violence and the jail term was postponed in order to allow the welterweight fighter to compete in a match.
Mayweather is often regarded as the best defensive boxer of his generation and is also known for being a flamboyant athlete. A Las Vegas police spokesman said that a prisoner could be released early for a variety of reasons such as good behaviour or credit for work done in prison. While the spokesperson did not give a specific reason for Mayweather’s early release it is thought to be the result of many factors. Mayweather’s promoter, Leonard Ellerbe, was also unavailable for comment regarding the early release.
Mayweather has never been defeated and has his sentence delayed in January so that he could fight in a May 5th super welterweight bout in Las Vegas during which he defeated Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto.
Since then he has discussed a possible fight with Manny Pacquiao from the Philippines who is his rival for the mythical title of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.
Mayweather was jailed after pleading guilty in December to a charge of felony battery and pleas of no contest to two counts of harassment which were linked to a 2010 attack on his ex-girlfriend, Josie Harris, as well as verbal threats against two of his children with her. By pleading guilty Mayweather was able to avoid a trial on felony charges which could have seen him jailed for up to 34 years.
In total Mayweather was sentenced to six months in jail for the outburst, however, half of the jail sentence was suspended.