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Mayweather suffering in jail

2012-06-13 11:05

Las Vegas - Floyd Mayweather's attorneys have filed an emergency request for him to be placed under house arrest.

They say he may never box again unless he can spend the remainder of his jail sentence for domestic battery at home.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Tuesday that Mayweather's lawyers had filed an emergency motion asking that the 35-year-old boxer spend the rest of his sentence under house arrest after just 12 days behind bars.

Lawyer Richard Wright claims Mayweather's physical conditioning is suffering under the stress of "inhumane conditions" at the Clark County Detention Centre.

"Any lengthy period of time with an inappropriate diet, coupled with lack of regular exercise, will most likely lead to irreversible damage to Mayweather's physique," Mayweather’s personal doctor, Robert Voy, said in the motion.

"Such damage could and, most likely, would lead to Mayweather being unable to continue his boxing career."

Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to beating his former girlfriend as their children watched in September 2010. After a delay so he could fight last month, Mayweather began his sentence on June 1.

Reports are that Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa will decide by Thursday whether to ease Mayweather's jail conditions.

Mayweather has been kept apart from the general prison population. The authorities say they want to protect him from other prisoners.

This has kept him confined to his cell for 23 hours a day in a locked-down area.

Wright said jail officials had indicated he would remain in isolation until his scheduled release date of August 3.

Mayweather is alone and unable to use training facilities in the one hour of each day he is allowed to spend in a recreation area, the lawyers claim.

"Whether Mr Mayweather will be able to box again is dependent on his continued conditioning," they say in the motion.

Wright claims there is different treatment for others who committed similar offenses and because Mayweather is a celebrity he "cannot be accommodated" at the Clark County Detention Centre.

Mayweather's home is a mansion that the newspaper said has a closet larger than his jail cell.

The undefeated fighter’s co-manager, Leonard Ellerbe, and Voy claim in the 35-page motion it would threaten Mayweather's career if he remains in jail. They say he planned to fight for at least two more years.

Voy examined Mayweather last Friday and found he was eating less than 800 calories a day, mostly fruit, bread and energy bars, rather than the 3 000 to 4 000 he would consume in a normal daily training routine.

"After examining Mr Mayweather, Dr Voy was concerned with Mr Mayweather's dehydrated appearance, his lack of muscle tone and his dry mucus membranes," the motion said.

Voy worried Mayweather could be withdrawing into depression and develop anger issues that he normally copes with through his exercise regimen.

"He believes he is treated in a very unfair and inhumane way," Voy said in the motion.

It is also claimed that isolation and lack of training "may cause, not just huge financial harm to Mayweather, but also huge emotional harm if he is no longer able to pursue his boxing career because of the de-conditioning he has suffered."

Mayweather improved to 43-0 with a victory by unanimous decision last month over Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, one that assured Mayweather at least $32 million.

But Mayweather has yet to fight Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao in the bout most boxing fans have sought for several years while both men are at the peak of their skills.

Pacquiao suffered a controversial split-decision loss last weekend to unbeaten American Tim Bradley, setting up a rematch for later this year. It would push back a possible showdown between Pacquiao and Mayweather until at least 2013.

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Comments
  • Dakey - 2012-06-13 11:31

    Yes, he needs to be in good shape to hand out beatings to his girlfriend? Goodness, please let this idiot stay in prison, his HOUSE is a freaking mansion. Heck I'd go on holiday to his house, let alone call it house arrest. Do the time Floyd, grow a pair.

      Rory - 2012-06-13 11:38

      Yeah, stuff these flippen rich a$$holes who think they above the law. You're no better than any better else Di@#head, do the time wife beater! Because he has money and lawyers, they will attempt to find any loophole in the system. Low life....

      Gershwin - 2012-06-13 12:10

      and those that dislikes the comments are most probably the 1s beating there girlfriends & wives at home, so go dislike this comment 2

      Steph - 2012-06-13 13:28

      First of all, ,they delay him getting to jail - now they want him out after 12 days?! What bollocks! Old cliche, but do the crime, do the time buddy! There are guys in there with a whole lot more to lose than him, but you don't hear them bitching. Get over it, and for sure, grow a pair!

  • corbin.alexander - 2012-06-13 11:33

    90 days. Is that all. He should sit longer. Ridiculous wanting to use his status to get outa jail. What bollocks

  • jaco.vanniekerk.14 - 2012-06-13 11:53

    His last fight earned him $32 mil. I'm sure he'll be fine if he never boxes again. Poor restaurant waiter in the next cell may never find work again and turn into a repeat offender. Also, nobody is stopping him from doing pushups to keep in shape. Needs to gym to control anger issues??? Seriously! 90 days days of \bad\ eating he will never recover from??? Seriously!

  • Tawizee - 2012-06-13 12:11

    Wen I go to jail I wil also ask for house arrestt because I wont be fit to perform my construction duties.

  • Ralphifel - 2012-06-13 12:28

    Think peopel!!!!! I dont want my tax payer money paying for another non threat to the community inmate, 18k to house feed and watch for 97 days....there are far worse on parole. Put the ankle braclet on and pay your own way.....i dont want to pick up another tab for sure...

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-06-13 12:47

    A better decision would be for him to be examined by a physician and appropriately treated for these "anger outburst" problems that he suffers from. Whether he stays in jail for 90 days or 9 days means zip if he's going to be beating up people (outside the ring) again in future. If you beat up people, especially a woman, much weaker than him, you must suffer the consequences. Rather see the 90 days as an opportunity to rehabilitate.

  • Mark - 2012-06-13 14:19

    Put him in general population

  • rhyno.smith.96 - 2012-06-13 14:38

    He acts like such a tough guy! But likes to beat women! Crying in jail after 12 days! Don't do the crime if you can't do the time D&%#head! It's a pitty that he is seperated from the other prisoners, put him in with them, lets see how tough he really is!!

      Luntu - 2012-06-13 18:26

      Floyd is clever he wants to get out and challenge Bradley so that he can take the belt and tire... keep him the

  • Michael - 2012-06-14 04:28

    HA! I feel so sorry for this jackal!

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