Nevada judge delays Mayweather jail time until after May bout

Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates after his four-round defeat of Victor Ortiz in September 2011.

Story highlights

  • The lawyer for Floyd Mayweather Jr. says the May 5 fight will greatly help Las Vegas
  • A prosecutor says he shouldn't be treated any differently from anyone else
  • The judge agrees to delay his reporting to jail, as long as he stays in counseling
  • No foe has been firmed up for a May 5 fight, though Manny Pacquiao has been mentioned
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. doesn't have to report to jail on a domestic violence conviction until June, after a Nevada judge acceded Friday to a defense request to push back the date until after a May bout.
Last month, the WBO welterweight champion was told to report to jail Friday, spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said at the time on behalf of the court system in Clark County, Nevada.
But on Friday, Judge Melissa Saragosa said that reporting date could be delayed so that Mayweather could fight on May 5.
"I am going to grant your request based upon the conditions that Mr. Mayweather needs to immediately begin" to meet, Saragosa said, citing the domestic violence counseling that also was part of the sentence. "If he has an unexcused absence from the counseling, he will begin serving the 90 days" immediately.
No opponent has been announced for the May 5 date, though the boxer -- who is undefeated in 42 matches -- has suggested that he's open to a much anticipated showdown then with Manny Pacquiao.
"I've been told May 5 is open," Mayweather said in November in a video message linked from his official Twitter page "Losing is in Pacquiao's mind, because he lost just last week. He lost to Marquez three times. May 5 is the date. Sign the contract. I'm waiting."
The Filipino boxer, who has won titles in eight divisions, actually won the bout that Mayweather was referring to -- a controversial defeat of Juan Manuel Marquez. Afterward, Pacquiao said he was keen to take on Mayweather.
Mayweather's lawyer, Richard Wright, explained in court Friday that he'd asked Clark County District Attorney Roger Clark in November -- before a guilty plea had been entered and with trials being scheduled -- if scheduling a fight for May 5 was feasible. He said Clark assented to the request.
"Based on that commitment, I committed to Mr. Mayweather that, yes, you can do it," Wright said of the agreement with pay-per-view providers and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to schedule the May 5 fight.
Wright said the reporting date should be delayed not just for his client, but "on behalf of the community and the economic impact that a fight of this magnitude" could have. He claimed that Mayweather's last seven fights in the Nevada city were responsible for about $1 billion in business for the community.
The prosecution opposed the request, with prosecutor Lisa Luzaich arguing that the boxer "shouldn't be treated any different" from anyone else.
"The court gave him time to put his affairs in order," she said. "The state's position is that he should be (going to jail) just like anybody else. Things get rescheduled all the time."
Saragosa did not detail the rationale for her decision, but it allows for Mayweather to now report to jail on June 1.
In December, he was sentenced to serve three months in jail and fined $2,500 in connection with a domestic violence incident, according to court officials and CNN affiliate reports.
This followed his arrest in September 2010, police said, after he punched the mother of his children at his home, according to CNN affiliate KVVU. According to an arrest report, Mayweather threatened Josie Harris, saying, "I'm going to kill you and the man you are messing around with," the station said.
Mayweather later pleaded guilty to a charge of battery and two counts of harassment, prosecutors said. Felony charges of coercion, robbery and grand larceny were dismissed as part of a plea agreement, CNN affiliate KSNV reported.
He was sentenced to six months in jail on the misdemeanor charges, but 90 days of that sentence will be suspended if he serves 90 days, Price said in December. He must also perform 100 hours of community service and attend long-term domestic violence counseling, she said.