The minimal time I spent in jail was by no means a pleasant outing for me, though the downside was minimized by the knowledge that it wouldn't be a sleepover, that I'd be released in a few hours. I guess I figured Floyd Mayweather would sort of see things the same way, and since I see him to be a person who does possess a good deal of mental discipline, as evidenced by his training regiment, his superb record, his long run as a superstar in the sport, I thought he'd do his 87 days or less in the can without a fuss. Thought wrong..Mayweather reached out to his counsel, and had them on Wednesday petition the court to shift him to house arrest, or at least move him out of his solitary station, and into general population at the Clark County (NV) Detention Center. The boxer's counsel said the food and water at the facility where Floyd is staying is subpar, and that he has been unable to exercise, to the point that his skills as a boxer could deteriorate irrevocably.
"It's jail," the prosecutor, Lisa Luzaich said to the AP. "Where did he think he was going? The Four Seasons?"
The sarcastic tone of Luzaich has been shared by some weighing in on social media. They find it surprising that the boxer, who has boasted about coming up the hard way, and pals around with gangsta rapper 50 Cent, didn't do his stint without a fuss. Others note, in his defense, that doing time is not easy for anyone, and that he is something of a sensitive soul, that much of the hubris seen before his fights is merely a front, to promote the bout.
I checked in with Attorney Keith Sullivan, who is geared up because client Andy Lee gets a crack at WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Saturday in Texas (HBO will televise), because he has expertise about the justice system, and the fight game, to opine on the development.
"Jail is the great equalizer," Sullivan told me. "It has a way of humbling men who think they are the baddest of bad. It's a place where anger, violence and noise are the norm 24/7.
Of course Pretty Boy wants out sooner than later- who wouldn't. Sure people will bark that he loses street cred for seeking confinement to his mansion to serve out his sentence, but come on, who are we kidding, did he even have an once of real street cred to begin with? He is a multi-multi millionaire and has been for most of his adult life."
The court denied Floyd's request--the arbiter didn't buy the overwrought argument that the fighter might have to retire because of his decline due to detainment--and Sullivan applauded the move. "They rightfully should," he said.
Readers, what are your thoughts on the Floyd request to shift his detainment?
Do you think Alvarez vs Golovkin will fight in 2016?