Floyd Mayweather: Effect of Money's Jail Time on the Rest of His Boxing Career
Two-division title holder, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been a free man for around three days now and all of the attention is now off his jail stint and on what his future in the ring holds.
No matter who you are, a jail stay of any significant time can change a person, for better or for worse and it's no different in Mayweather's case.
Only time will tell what, if any effect the two-month jail stint will have on "Money" and the rest of his career, but here are a few possible issues that could arise for Mayweather as his Hall of Fame career winds down.
1. Weight Issues
Before Floyd Mayweather surrendered himself to Las Vegas authorities on June 1, "Money" made a jump in weight to the 154-pound junior middleweight division to take on then WBA and WBC super diamond champ, Miguel Cotto.
Mayweather won the bout via a unanimous decision, in one of the grittiest performances of his 43-fight career.
Mayweather looked comfortable with the added pounds, something that could become a main stay as Mayweather came out of jail looking jacked and bigger than his usual self.
With "Money's" added bulk and his solid showing against Cotto is his last fight, it is very feasible that Mayweather will opt to drop his WBC welterweight belt and continue on in the junior middleweight and middleweight divisions to end his career—as he could struggle to make the 147-pound welterweight limit from here on out.
Even though there are a few attractive fights in the 147-pound division with names like Timothy Bradley, Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao, the struggle to make the welterweight limit could cause these fights not to take place.
The dream bout with Pacquiao is still at the forefront of every boxing fan's mind, and that is a fight that Mayweather could gladly put his best effort to make 147 pounds. If not it is possible the two could make a catch weight of around 150 pounds to finally get the two best fighters of a generation in the ring.
2. Could Help Make Pacquiao Showdown
With 62 days to think to himself, Floyd Mayweather had to think at least once of what if he finally made the mega fight between himself and Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 KOs).
"Money" could have had that moment of clarity while in his tiny jail cell—a far cry from his luxurious Las Vegas mansion—and thought, "Why not get the fight singed and make around $100 million in the process?"
With Mayweather's sidekick, rapper 50 Cent starting TMT (The Money Team) Promotions with Floyd, taking the middleman that was Golden Boy Promotions out of the negotiating mix, there could be light at the the end of the tunnel that is the Pacquiao-Mayweather saga.
3. May Shorten His Time in the Ring
Floyd Mayweather's summer was mostly spent behind bars and not around any kind of boxing gym which could cause "Money" to forgo a possible fall fight date and opt to restart his career in early 2013.
With Mayweather stating that his career would end in 2014 (per ESPN), the fight that most likely would have taken place this fall, had "Money" not gone to jail, will be scratched and cut his career one fight short of what it could have been.
Anytime the world can catch Mayweather in the ring as he winds down his career is sure to be a must watch, making losing even just one fight a huge loss for the boxing community.
4. Change in Persona
Floyd Mayweather is as known for his over-the-top persona in and out of the ring as he is for his world class skills as a boxer inside of it.
Sometimes Mayweather goes over the top with his persona and it gives him a bad rap as a poor sport in the ring.
From flaunting his latest luxury car to tweeting out his latest big money sports bet win (per Larry Brown Sports), the majority of boxing fans find Mayweather far from unlikeable, and only buy his fights in hopes to finally see "Money" finally lose in the ring.
Mayweather could emerge a new man after dealing with 62 days of solitary confinement, with his persona toned down, causing less of a stir in the media and becoming a more likable character to the general boxing fans.