Floyd Mayweather: Recent Legal Troubles Will Delay Money's Comeback

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 01: Boxer Floyd Maywether Jr. is lead away in handcuffs at the Clark County Regional Justice Center as he surrenders to serve a three-month jail sentence at theÊClark County Detention CenterÊon June 1, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ÊMayweather pleaded guilty in December to attacking his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched in September 2010. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
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Floyd Mayweather was recently released from prison, but a violation in his probation could send him right back.

The undefeated boxer pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges and served two months of a six-month sentence. He was released on good behavior, and according to Francis McCabe and Brian Haynes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he was on probation that included "staying out of trouble."

Unfortunately, Mayweather was unable to do that, as police were needed to investigate an altercation that took place earlier this month.

McCabe and Haynes explain that the incident occurred at the home of Melissa Brim, the mother of Mayweather's daughter. The boxer reportedly stole an unknown possession from her after having a loud argument.

Michael McCann, Sports Illustrated's law expert, believes there is a real possibility this could force Mayweather to return to prison. He explained:

The typical test for violating probation would not require Mayweather to be convicted of a crime or even get arrested. Instead, merely spending time with known criminals or traveling to locations deemed off-limits by the terms of probation can be enough.

He goes on to explain that this incident could qualify as violating his probation.

Surprisingly, this was not the only legal issue that Mayweather has had to deal with recently. He was also forced to pay $113,774 in fees for avoiding questioning by lawyers of Manny Pacquiao regarding defamation (via ESPN).

The case is based around the fact that Mayweather has accused Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs, a claim that is completely baseless. This money will not make a dent in the fortune of one of the world's most wealthy athletes, but it indicates that a fight between the two superstars is likely a long way away.

Fans have been waiting to see Mayweather back in the ring since he defeated Miguel Cotto in May. Unfortunately, this wait might end up being longer than anticipated. 

He is arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world today. However, it will be interesting to see if the champ has lost a step or two by the time he returns to the sport after all his legal troubles are behind him.