Boxing champion Mayweather sentenced to 90-day jail

Updated: 22 December 2011 15:32 IST

Unbeaten American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather was sentenced to three months in jail Wednesday after pleading guilty to domestic violence charges.

Boxing champion Mayweather sentenced to 90-day jail
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Las Vegas:

Unbeaten American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather was sentenced to three months in jail Wednesday after pleading guilty to domestic violence charges.

Las Vegas judge Melissa Saragosa also ordered Mayweather to complete 100 hours of community service and gave him a $2,500 fine.

The guilty plea, and no contest plea to two harassment charges, means the 34-year-old boxer will not go to trial on charges he hit his ex-girlfriend and threatened two of their children during an argument at her home 15 months ago.

Prosecutor Lisa Luzaich argued the sentence was too light. Mayweather could have received a sentence of 18 months in jail.

"He just continually gets himself into trouble and he is able to get himself out of it as well," she said. "Essentially it is because he is who he is and is able to get away with everything.

"The only thing that's going to get this man's attention is incarceration," the prosecutor said.

Mayweather, who was told to report to jail January 6, declined to comment outside the courtroom.

The domestic battery charge stems from striking Josie Harris while the harassment charges come from the threats to his children.

Mayweather was accused of assaulting her after she told him she was dating another man, police said, and he reacted by striking Harris, threatening his children and taking their cell phones.

Saragosa said that the police report detailed the incident and in it Mayweather threatened to kill or make Harris "disappear".

Mayweather admitted hitting Harris and twisting her arm. Saragosa said that two of their children, ages 9 and 10, also witnessed the attack.

Mayweather, who is in line for a possible fight with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao, is the current World Boxing Council welterweight champ and has a record of 42 wins and no losses.

Next week, Mayweather will plead no contest to a misdemeanour battery charge and pay a $1,000 fine for an altercation with a security guard in November of last year over parking violations near his mansion in a gated community.

Mayweather stopped fellow American Victor Ortiz in the fourth round in September to win the WBC welterweight title. He plans to fight again on May 5 in Las Vegas against an undecided foe.

Boxing fans have longed to see Mayweather test himself against Pacquiao, the fighter many fans consider to have replaced him as the world pound-for-pound champion.

Topics : Boxing
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