Monday, December 26, 2011
Mayweather could get out of jail quickly
Source : Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star)
MANILA, Philippines - Be good and get out of jail fast.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. need not be behind bars for 90 days as the Las Vegas court had ordered after he pleaded guilty to charges of domestic violence in 2010.
Boxingscene.com has quoted detention officer Bill Cassell as saying, “Good behavior and work time could knock up to 30 days off Mayweather’s sentence.”
Mayweather, the court said, will serve his first day in jail on Jan. 6, and should be out by April 2. But Cassell is now saying he could be out by March.”
Still, it doesn’t mean that Mayweather can go on and fight on May 5 as he had previously announced, even if he gets out of jail two months before the date.
Two months may not be enough for Mayweather to train, especially if he’s looking at Manny Pacquiao as his next opponent, and while in jail he gets limited time to sweat it out.
Besides, Pacquiao’s legal adviser, Atty. Franklin Gacal, said they’re already looking at the old, short list of opponents, and Mayweather’s name is no longer there.
In that list are Juan Manuel Marquez, who wants a fourth fight with Pacquiao, and then perhaps a fifth or a sixth, Miguel Cotto, for a rematch, and Tim Bradley, a new one.
Lamont Peterson, who recently outpointed Amir Khan and took his belts away, is also being mentioned as a candidate. Well, everybody wants to fight Pacquiao, the sport’s biggest draw.
The Examiner wrote yesterday that Mayweather will be given only one day a week to work out. Even if he is given several hours a day at the exercise yard, it still won’t be enough.
Mayweather, despite his layoff from boxing from 2007 until 2009, is always in shape, and this should be the first time in his life he’d be away from the gym for the longest period.
The only luxury or space he can get perhaps is when he’s “segregated for his protection from the other 3,400 prisoners, at least for the first week,” but in the “standard-issue blue jail jumpsuit with the letters CCDC and orange slippers.”
Home for the undefeated American boxer for the duration of his jail term is a cell “about the size of a small walk-in closet,” or definitely smaller than the bathroom of his mansion.
While Mayweather is psyching himself up for his jail term, Pacquiao is celebrating the holidays with his family, and busy minding the victims of a recent calamity.
Pacquiao handed out cash to the poor people of General Santos City a few days ago, and spent a couple of hours with the victims of the tropical storm in Cagayan de Oro.
Reports said Pacquiao is flying to the US after the New Year celebrations, for a chance to sit down with his promoter, Bob Arum, and trainer, Freddie Roach, regarding his next fight.
Mayweather, of course, will still be part of their discussions.