Floyd Mayweather Jr. released from jail
By Lance Pugmire
August 3, 2012, 12:03 p.m.
World boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. walked out of a Las Vegas jail early Friday after more than a two-month stay for his role in a domestic battery case.
“He was just glad to get out,” Mayweather’s advisor Leonard Ellerbe said.
Mayweather, wearing a leather Miami Heat cap, didn’t speak to reporters after leaving the Clark County Detention Center, where he was greeted by Ellerbe, one of his daughters and rapper 50 Cent, among others, before driving away in his Bentley sedan.
Mayweather, 35, entered jail June 1 after Clark County Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa allowed him to delay his term to fight Miguel Cotto in a world super-welterweight title bout May 5 in Las Vegas.
Mayweather won the bout by unanimous decision, improving to 43-0.
During his jail term, Mayweather’s rival Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines was surprisingly upset by Timothy Bradley in a disputed split-decision June 9 at MGM.
Pacquiao is set to fight again Nov. 10 at MGM, and his promoter Bob Arum is scheduled to fly to the Philippines Monday to discuss the boxer’s next opponent, expected to be either Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez or Cotto.
But not Mayweather, Arum said.
“From what I understand, the possibility of a Mayweather fight for Manny would be in the early spring,” Arum said.
The two sides have tried and failed for three years to strike a Mayweather-Pacquiao deal, with drug testing, old grudges and purse disputes ending the negotiations.
Arum said he’s hopeful Mayweather’s alliance with 50 Cent in an aspiring boxing promotion career could help facilitate a deal. Arum and Richard Schaefer, the chief executive of Golden Boy Promotions, which has assisted Mayweather in promoting all of his fights since 2007, are bitter rivals who barely speak.
“The guy who appears to be making decisions with Floyd now is 50 Cent, not Schaefer,” Arum said.
Arum said he met with a few of 50 Cent’s associates last week in Las Vegas and was encouraged by the discussion. “As soon as things settle down, we’ll sit down and try to make a deal,” Arum said. “50 Cent thinks it can be done. He’s a very intelligent guy who’s done very for himself.”
It’s unclear if Mayweather, who was named by Forbes magazine as the world’s richest athlete, will fight again this year.
Mayweather was released short of his 90-day sentence. Good behavior and recent jail overcrowding were credited by a Mayweather friend as the reasons why the boxer was allowed to walk out early.