Floyd Mayweather Jr. Goes to Jail: Why It Won't Affect His Career

Vitali SCorrespondent IDecember 22, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. fights back tears during the post-fight news conference after his fourth round knockout of Victor Ortiz in their WBC welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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According to every source imaginable, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is going to jail for 90 days.

Quoted from Fightnews.com, the judge was asked to consider home detention instead of serving jail time by Floyd’s lawyers, and the response was: “I have considered it, yes, absolutely, and I have decided that the time he will spend in custody is appropriate….I will see you on January 6 at 10:45.”

Judge Melissa Saragosa did something that most people would not expect, and sent the champ to jail despite his upcoming promise to fight on May 5, 2012. Floyd will also be responsible for attending a 12-month domestic violence program, and fork over a staggering $2,500 in fines.

So what does all this really mean? That is hard to tell. I assume that most people are writing off May 5th as his next fighting date, but I wouldn’t do that just yet. He will still have a month to train for his upcoming (maybe) fight, and while that seems a bit short, Floyd is never out of shape, and will have a lot to prove when coming back.

Jail time is unlikely to make a different man out of Mayweather Jr.. In fact it shouldn’t. He will spend 90 days in a private area, I am sure, and will be more motivated to make things happen. Especially since with this news, his future in fighting Pacquiao is being seriously questioned by most.

Forced by the circumstances, when out in 90 days, it will be Floyd’s time to act and convince people that he is indeed serious, and is not ducking anyone who puts up a challenge. With only one month to train, he may want to do just that, and surprise boxing fans with that decision.

I know, sounds crazy!