Mayweather in jail
Boxer could be released sometime in August if he earns credits for good behaviour and work time
LAS VEGAS - Floyd Mayweather Jr couldn't see rival Manny Pacquiao’s pay-per-view fight against Timothy Bradley on Saturday.
As inmate No. 1363917 at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas, Mayweather doesn’t have access to a television, computer or telephone in the small solo jail cell where he is serving a three-month sentence in a domestic violence case.
But he has been getting lots of mail since someone posted his inmate number and address on Twitter, Las Vegas police officer Bill Cassell said.
Jail mail is screened, and Cassell said that some photos to Mayweather have been confiscated as “inappropriate”.
“He’s gotten some mail and a couple of books. There has been some contraband that has been stopped,” Cassell said. He wouldn’t describe the photos in detail.
As a high-profile inmate, Mayweather is being kept separate from the other 3,200 inmates in the high-rise Clark County Detention Centre.
“We don’t want to have an opportunity for someone who wants to make a name for himself to challenge him,” the police spokesman said.
Mayweather has been getting a little more than 30 minutes twice a day in a couple of barren recreation areas in the administrative segregation unit, Cassell said.
His cell, no larger than 7-by-12 feet (2-by-3 1/2 meters), has barely enough floor space for push-ups and sit-ups.
Mayweather surrendered on June 1 in a Las Vegas courtroom to serve up to 87 days in the county jail for attacking his ex-girlfriend in September 2010 while two of their children watched.
He could be released sometime in August if he earns credits for good behaviour and work time in jail, Cassell said.
Mayweather pleaded guilty in December to misdemeanor domestic battery and no contest to two harassment charges stemming from a 5 a.m. attack on Josie Harris, the mother of three of his children.
Harris, who was 30 at the time, was treated at a hospital for minor facial injuries and a sore left arm.
The plea deal allowed Mayweather to avoid trial on felony charges that could have gotten him up to 34 years in prison if he was convicted. Prosecutors dropped felony robbery, coercion, and grand larceny charges stemming from allegations that he threatened his two sons and took two cellphones.
The judge sentenced Mayweather on Dec. 22, then allowed him to remain free long enough to make a May 5 fight and a guaranteed $32 million against Miguel Cotto.