Floyd Mayweather Jr Jail Sentence Moved: Was It the Right Move on a Moral Level?

Matthew HemphillCorrespondent IIJanuary 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks at a post-fight news conference after he defeated Victor Ortiz to win the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. got a reprieve from his prison sentence several days ago, and the boxing world has gone crazy since then. Those that thought a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight was impossible now believe it may happen.

Part of it is because no one knows how jail time will affect Mayweather. Others just want to see the fight happen at last.  

There are some roadblocks and people to blame for why it hasn't happened yet, with most of them pointed at Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum. The rumors seem to ring true as Arum stalls with excuses such as: He will need up to late May for Pacquiao's cut to heal.

One question hasn't really been answered, though. Why did Floyd Mayweather Jr. get the chance to have his jail time pushed back?

The greatest part of his punishment was that he wouldn't get to fight in May, and that more of his time as a prime athlete would have escaped him without the chance to be capitalized on.

Now he will get to fight. Even if jail is a discomfort, he won't have to worry. He wasn't going to fight until a month after his last fight or even up to his last day in jail. It will be a pain, but it won't really hurt him as far as his career goes.

Why he has been given the extra time makes sense. A Floyd Mayweather fight means about $100 million injected into the Las Vegas economy. Looking at those numbers, it would be irresponsible not to let him fight.

But that leads to the next questions: Should someone like Mayweather get justice? Should the economic factor override our laws?

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (R) hugs his cousin and camp coordinator DeJuan Blake during a post-fight news conference after Mayweather defeated Victor Ortiz to win the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Sept
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On one side you have the citizens of Las Vegas who the fight helps out. The city was hit hard by the recession and still hasn't fully recovered. They could use the money and the means to create new jobs.

On the other side is the fact that Floyd Mayweather Jr. went to a court of law and pleaded guilty to breaking the law. When someone breaks the law they are punished.

In Mayweather's case they moved back the jail time so it isn't a punishment anymore, but an inconvenience. They may as well not sentence him at all with the affect it will have on his life.

So it boils down to two things: Should the system sacrifice the potential value for an ideal that this nation was founded on? Or, should it be discarded if it can help people?

They aren't easy questions and there aren't any simple answers.

But Mayweather did plead guilty to assaulting someone and he is a boxer, which means he has a lethal force within his hands. He was supposed to be punished, but he is getting a slap on the wrist and could get the biggest payday of his life as well.

It would generate money for Vegas, but at the end of the day so would a plethora of other options that we consider illegal.

Yet that is what got him his extension.

Is it just? Depends on who's asking. For the people of Las Vegas it is very much so, for the court systems, not so much. And as for boxing, it's just complicated.