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Roger Mayweather Strikes Deal with Prosecutors To Keep Him Out of Jail

Roger Mayweather, uncle and trainer of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Roger Mayweather, uncle and trainer of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Leo ReyesAnalyst IJanuary 20, 2011

Roger Mayweather, the trainer and uncle of undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr, struck a deal with prosecutors in Las Vegas four days before his scheduled court appearance on Jan. 24, the same date his nephew appears in the same court.

The popular boxing trainer was charged with two felony battery counts for choking and punching Melissa St. Vil inside an apartment Roger Mayweather owns in Las Vegas, St. Vil is a female boxer who used to train under Mayweather.

Defense attorney Jack Buchanan said Roger Mayweather, 49, will plead no contest on Thursday to two misdemeanor counts of battery.

According to the plea deal, Mayweather will be placed on informal probation, pay a $1,000 fine, attend domestic violence counseling and perform 50 hours of community service.

"We're happy with the resolution. He's looking forward to putting this behind him and getting back to training the best fighter in the world," Buchanan said.

Roger previously pleaded not guilty to battery charges lodged by the 26-year-old St. Vil, who alleges Mayweather punched and choked her until she was nearly unconscious before police arrived at the apartment where she was staying in Las Vegas.

The charges carry a possible 10-year prison sentence. Mayweather is free on $13,000 bail.

Meanwhile, Roger Mayweather said in a radio program On the Ropes, his nephew will get back in the ring and hopefully he will fight Manny Pacquiao.

“I hope he gets back in the ring, and I think most of that is pretty much cleared up. People think what they don’t know, but still. The thing about it is yeah, he has to get back in the ring. That’s how you make money and that’s how you further your legacy.

Hopefully, I don’t know, but hopefully my nephew and Pacquiao will fight. If Shane Mosley beats Pacquiao then we ain’t even got to worry about that.”

Boxing fans from around the world are hoping to see a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight this year, but with Mayweather's courtroom fights, it appears the dream match every one in the world wants to see will most likely remain a dream.

However, with the favorable plea deal news, Roger will now be able to concentrate on Floyd's training to prepare his nephew for a showdown with Manny Pacquiao in what boxing critics say as the most challenging fight of his career.

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is set to appear in court on Jan. 24 for charges related to a domestic violence incident involving his children and their mother.

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