The decision by undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. to enter a guilty plea to reduced charges stemming from a 2010 domestic incident accomplished two things:
It keeps Mayweather from avoiding a felony trial and it places in jeopardy the highly anticipated May bout with Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather pleaded guilty Wednesday in Las Vegas to a reduced domestic-violence charge and no contest to two harassment misdemeanor charges stemming from an incident in which he allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend and threatened two of their children.
He was sentenced to 90 days in jail (he’s credited for three days served), 100 hours of community service, a $2,500 fine and mandatory domestic violence counseling. In addition, he must stay out of trouble for one year. He is scheduled to begin serving the jail term Jan. 6, although an appeal would push that date back.
His personal crisis seemingly settled, just when could Mayweather fight Pacquiao to begin to settle the matter of best fighter of his generation? Mayweather’s camp had reserved the MGM Grand in Vegas for a May 5 bout, but, with Mayweather requiring at least eight weeks of training, that date now seems out of the question.
“You don’t need to be a genius to count the days,” a person in Pacquiao’s camp, who was unauthorized to speak publicly, told the Associated Press.
“He will likely spend approximately 65 days in custody,” Clark (Nev.) County Court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price told the AP. That figure is based on Mayweather earning receiving 22 days of “good-time [behavior] credit” plus the three days of time served.
That would leave little time for training or promotion, which means the fight would have to be moved back, either for a short time or long-range. Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, reportedly is investigating the possibility of moving the bout to June at an outdoor venue on the Las Vegas Strip. Or Pacquiao could choose to fight unbeaten junior-welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley or Juan Manuel Marquez (for the fourth time) in the late spring. Pacquiao and Mayweather could fight later in the year.
What are the chances that Pacquiao-Mayweather ever takes place?
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