Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is no longer just facing charges of domestic battery, stemming from his alleged altercation with the mother of his children.
According to reports, Clark County District Attorney David Roger has charged him with a total of eight charges, including felonies that could put Mayweather behind bars for as much as 34 years.
The new criminal complaint filed Thursday now includes two felony coercion and one felony robbery charge, along with one misdemeanor domestic battery and three misdemeanor harassment charges.
As much bravado as "Money" Mayweather shows in and out of the ring, being found guilty on most or all of these charges would probably end his career.
I'm not a lawyer, but it seems as if the District Attorney knows what he is doing.
With the amount of charges, the DA must be hoping that even if they negotiate or plea bargain with Mayweather, or even if the court knocks down a few of the charges, there are still enough there that could cause him to actually have to serve time.
Granted, he could be found not guilty of all of them, but no one wants to be facing this many charges.
Most sketchy people will tell you, and I know a few, that you don't want to be charged with felonies. You can talk down misdemeanors and even get most of them dropped if you pay fines.
No one calls you an ex-con if you are convicted of misdemeanors. You are an ex-con after being convicted of felonies.
And that usually means hard time.
It wasn't in LA for murder charges that OJ Simpson finally went to jail. It was for charges in Sin City. Charges that many attorneys said could have easily brought him less than a few months time, put him in jail for many years in Las Vegas.
If the Vegas courts get you where they want you, you are going away for a while.
We used to think that celebrities in the prime of their careers wouldn't go to jail for anything other than murder and even then, they might beat it.
Well, rapper Lil' Wayne was as successful as any entertainer when he was charged and convicted of gun charges and is in jail right now.
His lawyers couldn't get him out of that one.
Courts don't like domestic abuse, coercion, or any of those things that he is charged with. And he could really be in trouble if this gets in front of a jury and they hear that one of the best professional boxers on the planet punched a woman in the face.
It's alleged that he threatened to beat his kids and that his 10-year-old child is going to actually testify against him. If this happens and the jury finds the kid to be telling the truth, Floyd might really be up against it.
Most folks go with the old school wisdom of "Hell hath no fury as a women scorned".
I go with noted philosopher R. Kelly for wisdom: "When a woman's fed up, there ain't nothing you can do about it."
If Josie decides to take this the whole way, she is going to be Mayweather's most formidable opponent to date.
If this thing gets dragged through the courts for a while, as these things tend to do, what if Pacquiao doesn't want to wait?
Yeah, Floyd could fight tomato cans, but he might need an influx of real cash and he can only get that with one fight.
If Manny doesn't want to get involved with someone as out of control as Floyd seems to be now, and walks away from the fight, what would be Mayweather's next move?
Floyd's uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather goes in front of a judge later this year. If he serves any time for his alleged crimes, you'd have to factor that into the boxing equation.
Combine that with Mayweather Jr.'s case and you might have the Mayweather team away from the sport for quite a while.
Being that Junior said he won't fight without his uncle in his corner, it makes things that much stickier if one or both of them have to do bids.
I like watching Floyd Mayweather fight, just as I used to like watching Mike Tyson fight. But everyone knows that Iron Mike was never the same fighter once he came out of prison.
At 33, if Floyd has to do any significant time in prison, he will come out a middle aged fighter with diminishing skills.
This court battle could end up being the first bout in his career where he will have to pull out a victory in order to save the life that he has built.
And also probably for the first time ever, he comes in the bout as the underdog.