Floyd Mayweather Jail Time: Champ's Career Won't Be Derailed by Incarcaration

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 21, 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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Floyd Mayweather's trip to prison is not going to slow down his boxing career. The champ copped a plea on Wednesday, and his sentence is far less severe than the heavy possibilities that the maximum punishments carried.

The sentence is light enough that Mayweather may even be able to keep his target date of May 5 for his next fight.

Doin' the Time for the Crime

According to Francis McCabe of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail for misdemeanor charges that stemmed from a domestic violence charge from September 9, 2010. 

The domestic violence involved his children and their mother.

Mayweather pleaded guilty to the count of battery-domestic violence and no contest to two counts of harassment.

Mayweather decided to go for the plea deal, as prosecutors agreed to drop the felony counts. He will report to jail on Jan. 6.

McCabe also reported, "Prosecutors said Mayweather also has agreed to plead no contest next week to a misdemeanor charge of battery and pay a $1,000 fine for poking and verbally abusing a security guard over parking issues in November 2010."

What's in Store

This decision will barely slow down Mayweather's career—especially in light of what he was facing. The original charges carried a sentence that could have found Money locked up for 34 years.

Mayweather should now be released from his sentence in early March.

Prior to this sentence, Mayweather had announced plans to fight again on May 5. This 90-day sentence means he will be able to stick to those plans.

Although he had not yet announced the opponent, the fight would be easy enough to postpone a month if Mayweather wanted some extra time to train.

Mayweather's business team will still be busy scheduling him a fight while he is behind bars. That leaves him with an endless possibilities of opponents as options.

And yes, that list includes Manny Pacquiao. In fact, this fight may even be more likely now that Mayweather will have less of an opportunity to offend camp Pacquiao with his mouth.

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