(AP)LAS VEGAS – A judge in Las Vegas on Friday gave Floyd Mayweather Jr. until June 1 to turn himself in to serve a 90-day jail sentence for his guilty plea in a domestic violence case, allowing the undefeated boxer to meet contractual obligations for a Cinco de Mayo fight against an as-yet unnamed opponent.
The ruling by Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa came with Mayweather’s manger and supporters, including rap star Lil’ Kim and R&B artist Ray J, in the courtroom. Mayweather, meanwhile, waited in another building to hear whether he would have to immediately begin serving the three-month sentence the judge imposed last month when the boxing champion pleaded guilty a charge that he attacked his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched in September 2010.
Saragosa said she was swayed by a last-minute plea by Mayweather’s lawyer, Richard Wright, to let Mayweather postpone his sentence so he can train to fight on the May 5 date his promoters have reserved at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and promised to pay-per-view television.
Wright said Mayweather wasn’t trying to avoid the sentence, and emphasized the potential economic benefit of attracting fight fans and hotel guests to Las Vegas for a Mayweather fight. The lawyer estimated that Mayweather’s last seven fights in Las Vegas generated $1 billion in business to the community. He projected the economic boost from a May 5 fight at more than $100 million.
“This is simply a delay because of prior commitments and contracts,” Wright said.
“Mr. Mayweather has an obligation to this court,” the judge responded. But “given the fact that Mr. Mayweather has these obligations, I am going to grant your request.”
Minutes later, Mayweather, 34, was seen driving a new white Bentley Mulsanne out of a nearby parking structure with at least one other person in the car. Mayweather posted photos of a new Bentley this week on his Twitter account, along with separate posts of photos of himself with his children and himself serving people at a food line. The car has a base price of about $290,000.
Pardon my language, but this is straight-up BULLSHIT! For the record, I am a fan of Floyd Mayweather Jr., as a boxer. I’ve got a standing bet with one of my co-workers, that if Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao ever do finally fight, that Mayweather is going to win (but I’m only betting $5, because I think it’s highly possible that Pac-Man could win), so I’d love to see that fight happen, but that shouldn’t be given precedence over a jail sentence.
I don’t give a damn if he’s got contracts signed to fight, and if there’s an “economic benefit” to the city if he fights. Maybe he should’ve thought of that before he put his hands on his baby-mama. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. If this was someone like me, you can bet that my broke-ass would be in jail right now, but the multimillionaire celebrity gets a pass? What does that say about our justice system? Sheesh.
Must be nice, being part of the 1%, right Floyd?