Money talks, in many circumstances, but it, and fame, won't keep Floyd Mayweather from doing some time.
The 34-year-old boxer made a plea deal with Clark County (Nevada) prosecutors, and was today sentenced to 90 days in jail for domestic violence battery and harassment charges, the LA Times reports. He must also complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine. The article said he must report for jail on Jan. 6.
He will not have to face trial for the altercation with his children's mother, ex galpal Josie Harris. The fighter had a dustup with her at her residence in Sept. 2010, and authorities responded. His kids told cops that he threatened them.
Fans hope that this clarity in Mayweather's life--he now faces only some civil suits stemming from altercations involving his bodyguards--will pave the way forthe 42-0 Floyd to meet Manny Pacquiao. But the Times quotes Bob Arum as ruling out a May 5 date as "too early" so it looks like boxing fans would have to target fall 2012 to see the two marquee hitters face off. We can all hope that Mayweather will be able to steer clear of any further trouble and finally, that clash can happen. One might think that if the talk drags on into next year, more fans might simply stop lobbying for the event, or one or both fighters might lose, and even more luster could be lost from the concept. As it is, the flirting and breakups and makeups dance has dragged on too long, in my opinion. Here's hoping that the jail stint benefits Floyd and spurs him to be the best citizen he can be.