Floyd Mayweather out of jail Friday; Pacquiao fight talk begins again

August 2nd, 2012 by Staff

Photo: Gene Blevins/Hoganphotos

(www.washingtontimes.com) – SAN DIEGO, August 3, 2012 – Watch out, Las Vegas. Expect some serious party action and shopping sprees in the next few days. Floyd “Money” Mayweather is expected to walk out of the Clark County (Nevada) Detention Center sometime Friday, August 3.

No doubt there will be a slew of cameras and media following Floyd on his way out. Although there has been no announcement of any formal statement, it’s hard to believe Mayweather will walk past all those members of the media without saying something.

Mayweather will have served 65 days of a 90-day sentence levied after he pled guilty to one misdemeanor charge and no contest to two harassment charges for his actions in a 2010 domestic violence battery case involving two of his children and their mother. As anticipated, Mayweather was eligible for good-time (behavior) credits and is likely to spend a total of 65 days in custody, with 13 of them already in the rearview mirror. By all accounts, he was a cooperative prisoner.

A typical Clark County Detention Center jail cell, Mayweather’s home the past two months. Photo courtesy Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Mayweather’s attorney attempted to get him out to serve his sentence on house arrest due to being housed in lockdown 23 hours a day by himself because of his notoriety. As a result, Mayweather was reportedly living on a greatly reduced 800 calories a day, becoming dehydrated, and lacked the opportunity for physical activity due to being in protective custody, thus threatening his ongoing career.

Mayweather’s attorneys claimed his emotional state was declining, that he is withdrawing and developing anger issues he can’t burn off through workouts and training. The arguments failed to move the judge, who denied the request.

So once Mayweather is out, what can fans expect? Mayweather’s Twitter account, @floydmayweather, which has shown intermittent action include pleas to send him letters in jail, is likely to feature a flood of photos with meals, new purchases, and groups of Mayweather with his glam girlfriend Shantel Jackson, his rapper pal 50 Cent and other famous folks in their entourage.

What Mayweather should do is hit the gym immediately with uncle Roger Mayweather. The minute he’s in good enough shape to invite the cameras in and start talking about his boxing future, the better.

Floyd Mayweather, center, poses with, from left, Justin Bieber, Lil’ Wayne, 50 Cent and Cuban boxer Yuriyorkis Gamboa after defeating Miguel Cotto for the WBA super welterweight title on May 5 in Las Vegas before serving his jail sentence. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

Talk will inevitably turn to Mayweather’s plans in the ring. 50 Cent has announced formation of a new promotional company, TMT (for The Money Team) Promotions. TMT is reportedly about to sign Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa and American middleweight Andre Dirrell. Neither has fought in quite some time.

50 Cent may be a high school dropout, but he’s a sharp businessman and knows how to work a deal. Forbes estimates his net worth at half a billion dollars; he made a mint from his investment and partnership in the privately owned Vitamin Water company, estimated anywhere from $60 million to $400 million, but likely north of $100 million.

Whether TMT will work with Mayweather’s ad-hoc promoters, Golden Boy Promotions, remains to be seen. Whether this changes the equation in favor of a possible superfight with Manny Pacquiao ever happening, it’s still too big a question mark. But the drumbeat will start up the minute the novelty of Mayweather being out of jail wears off. If anyone can work out a financial arrangement Mayweather will accept to fight Pacquiao, 50 Cent might be the man to do it.

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