By Rick Reeno
Karen Winckler, the attorney for WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., and the boxer's adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, advised BoxingScene.com that Mayweather is "not legally" capable of rescheduling his planned return on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather has "contractual agreements" in place with several companies, which obligate Mayweather to fight on the planned May date.
Additionally, Winckler advised BoxingScene about the existing agreement with the Clark County Judicial Court, which also directs Mayweather to fight on May 5th. On January 6th, Mayweather was scheduled to begin serving a 90-day sentence for a domestic battery charge. The judge, per the request of Mayweather and Winckler, delayed the start of his sentence to June 1 - in order to allow Mayweather to fight on May 5 at the MGM.
"[Floyd] has contractual obligations to fight on May 5th. The MGM Grand wants him to fight on May 5th. That's Cinco De Mayo weekend and that's a very big weekend for the MGM and they want him to fight on that date," Winckler told BoxingScene.com
Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, along with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, are trying to get Mayweather to fight them at the end of May in a specially designed outdoor venue on the Las Vegas strip.
Both Ellerbe and Winckler made it clear - there is no chance of Mayweather moving from already scheduled May 5th date.
"We have a legal commitment and we are not going to disrespect the judicial system. Floyd is going to fight on May 5th at the MGM Grand," Ellerbe said.
Tags: Manny Pacquiao , Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Mayweather-Pacquiao , Mayweather vs Pacquiao