By Keith Idec
May 5 isn’t the only date looming for Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Less than a month after facing Miguel Cotto at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the undefeated superstar is scheduled to report to Clark County (Nev.) Detention Center on June 1 to start serving a 90-day sentence stemming from a domestic violence conviction. Mayweather calmly discussed how he’ll handle his incarceration, as he continues to promote his WBA super welterweight fight against Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs).
“There are certain things you go through in life,” Mayweather said. “It’s an obstacle. It’s all part of life. You know, you have good days, you have bad days. So the main thing is [to] grow mentally when I go away for a while.”
Mayweather was supposed to report to jail Jan. 6, but Clark County Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa granted him an additional five months of freedom, primarily so Mayweather could fight May 5 in Las Vegas. Richard Wright, Mayweather’s attorney, argued that a Mayweather fight would help generate enough revenue for the Las Vegas economy to warrant having his sentence postponed.
The three-month sentence was Mayweather’s punishment for pleading guilty to attacking ex-girlfriend Josie Harris, the mother of three of his children, during a September 2010 incident at a Las Vegas house Harris and the children occupied, but Mayweather owns. Two of their children reportedly witnessed the attack.
In addition to serving jail time, Mayweather also was required to participate in a 12-month domestic violence counseling program, complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine.
The 35-year-old Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) is expected to be released in late August at the absolute latest, and he could be released earlier for good behavior. That’ll give the five-division champion from Grand Rapids, Mich., plenty of time to prepare for another pay-per-view in the fall.
The Las Vegas resident didn’t sound optimistic about the possibility of that fight coming against Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), but he definitely intends to box again before this year ends.
“I want to stay active,” Mayweather said. “I want to fight again in 2012, before the year is up. I want to constantly go out there, like I said before, and test my skills. I want to continue to just push myself to the limit.”
Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com.Tags: Floyd Mayweather Jr.