LAS VEGAS — Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. was sentenced Wednesday to 90 days in a Las Vegas jail after pleading guilty to a reduced battery domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges.
The 34-year-old Mayweather also was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a US$2,500 fine.
The plea deal avoids trial on felony allegations the undefeated fighter hit his ex-girlfriend and threatened two of their children during an argument at her home in September 2010.
Prosecutor Lisa Luzaich told Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa that Mayweather has been in trouble before and hasn’t been punished.
“He just continually gets himself into trouble and he is able to get himself out of it as well,” she said. “Essentially it is because he is who he is and is able to get away with everything.”
“The only thing that’s going to get this man’s attention is incarceration.”
Mayweather stood still in a striped olive vest and showed no reaction when the judge imposed the sentence and told him he must report to the Clark County jail Jan. 6.
Mayweather’s lawyer, Karen Winckler, said she may appeal what she called an unusual sentence.
Mayweather would likely serve most of the 90-day sentence, but could serve several weeks less if he gets credit for good behaviour, said officer Bill Cassell, a Las Vegas police spokesman.
Mayweather and his manager, Leonard Ellerbe, declined comment outside the courtroom.
Winckler had argued the public would benefit more if Mayweather performs 100 hours of community service with children.
The judge said she was swayed by Mayweather’s admission he hit Josie Harris and twisted her arm, and two of their children, ages nine and 10 witnessed the attack.
Saragosa noted police reported Mayweather threatened to kill or make Harris “disappear,” and their 10-year-old son ran from the house and jumped a back gate to fetch security. Mayweather had taken cellphones belonging to Harris and the two boys, she said.
“Punishment is appropriate,” Saragosa said. “No matter who you are, you have consequences to your actions when they escalate to this level of violence.”