Forget Pacquiao! Mayweather Will Be Fighting for His Life Soon

Joseph CroasdaileContributor ISeptember 17, 2010

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 04:  Leonard Ellerbe (R) looks on as Floyd Mayweather Jr. cries during a post-fight news conference after defeating Carlos Baldomir of Argentina to claim the WBC welterweight championship at the Mandalay Bay Events Center November 4, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather announced that he will retire after his next fight.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Well a lot of us wondered why Floyd Mayweather was only charged with grand larceny earlier this week and not domestic abuse.  Some thought there was no case as Harris had made false accusations before or that she was trying to extort Mayweather, but after the announcement today there is no doubt the state of Nevada wants to KO Floyd with 8 counts which includes 4 felony charges.  One could assume that the state of Nevada wanted to make sure if they were going to press charges against Floyd they would stick and this really bad news for Mayweather if they have a strong case. If convicted on all charges Floyd would be facing a maximum sentence of 34 (I have now been hearing 28) years in prison.  Effectively the Nevada DA has pushed Floyd into the corner and is throwing everything they have at him.  

In addition to the charges, Floyd has already pleaded guilty to domestic abuse in the past which will make him a repeat offender which is something judges do not look kindly upon will have a impact on any sentence.  This coupled with the fact that Floyd in general is not a likable person and some of the alleged crimes are against his children... this will not play well with any judge or jury.

Now Floyd is innocent until proven guilty, but with the amount of charges Floyd will be fighting for his life if he lets this go to trial.  The fact that the state is throwing everything at him looks like they are stacking the deck so Floyd will be open to a plea deal.  Still even with a plea I don't see the offer being less than 1-2 years and probably more like 2-3 years.  Some people say well he will be out in a year for good behavior… and while this might be true in other states this is not the case in Nevada.  In NV you have to serve the minimum term sentence so if you get 2 years you have to serve 2 years.

It seems that the kids are the key to Floyd's fate and it is not just the angry words of Harris.  I also assume the DA has already questioned the boy and Ms Harris at length to make sure their stories will hold up.  If they are telling the truth then Mayweather's vacation will be a very long one...