Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was sentenced Wednesday (Dec. 21) to 90 days in jail following his guilty plea to some 2010 domestic violence charges. So what does this mean for the highly-anticipated fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao? It’ll have to wait.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa sentenced Mayweather to six months, with a 90-days suspended sentence, ordered him to pay a $2500 fine, attend a domestic violence class, perform 100 hours of community service and stay out of trouble for a year. The sentencing is mostly due to the fact that the domestic violence incident occurred in front of Mayweather’s children.
According to Yahoo Sports, the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will be the most anticipated boxing match since Muhammad Ali met Joe Frazier in March 1971.
If Mayweather foregoes an appeal, he must report to jail by Jan. 6. If he serves his entire sentence, after receiving credit for three days of time served, he won’t be out until April 2 and will not be available to fight until most likely the middle of June. Yahoo says it’s more likely he’ll wait until September or November to fight Pacquiao.
An appeal would most likely delay the Pacquiao bout even further and Mayweather, at 35, is not getting any younger in the boxing world. So the fight’s best chances are if Mayweather turns himself into jail to serve his time.