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Floyd Mayweather Jail Sentence: Why It Will Weaken Him Just Like Muhammed Ali's

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. (R) hugs his cousin and camp coordinator DeJuan Blake during a post-fight news conference after Mayweather defeated Victor Ortiz to win the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Matthew HemphillCorrespondent IIDecember 22, 2011

Floyd Mayweather Jr is going to jail.  That is unless he can use his money to get him out of it.

Since that won't be the case as it would be illegal, he will be spending 90 days mulling over his choices in life and doing so alone.

There won't be any hanger-ons who tell him he's great.

He can't twitter his fans to support him and get a positive reaction.

He won't even be able to go wherever he wants to.

Fans may be up in arms over the cancellation of a Pacquiao fight.  They may even be enraged that Mayweather was sentenced.  

But Mayweather is an adult and even if the sentence is a bit much, he made his choices on what he wanted to do.  He decided that he was going to resort to abuse against a former girlfriend.  Maybe the story is exaggerated, but if it was completely false Mayweather wouldn't be going to jail.

Pushing aside the morality of the story or which side fans may take, there is another factor to think about. 

Mayweather's skills are going to deteriorate in jail.

It doesn't matter if he shadowboxes or does push ups, he won't be in the gym staying sharp.  Say what you will about the cocky boxing phenom, but he has always stayed in shape between matches and kept himself sharp.  Anytime someone stops working on a talent they have honed everyday they start to lose it.

And Mayweather will lose some of it, just like Muhammad Ali did so many years ago.

There are fans who will argue this point as Ali had a stunning career after returning in 1970 after being suspended from boxing for three years.  After all, he had some of the best wins of his career after that layoff and he had been away from the ring longer than Mayweather will have been.

At the same time, Ali was only 28 while Mayweather will be 35 by the time he gets out.  It will be harder for an older Mayweather to make the same return after taking a quarter of a year off in jail.

It might even affect him mentally, diminishing some of his attitude.  So far he has felt that he is untouchable, but now that he has been convicted and sentenced he might feel differently.

It didn't happen in the ring, but Mayweather has oozed a feeling of being larger than life and being too important to have the same problems as others.  He always talked about how he made money and showed that he felt it would protect him.

Now he has to go to jail and lose some of the sharpness that made him untouchable.—how out of shape he gets depends on him.  

But one thing is certain.

Mayweather will never be what he once was before his incarceration.

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