Floyd Mayweather Jr. was acquitted Wednesday of two harassment charges stemming from an October 2010 altercation where he allegedly threatened the lives of two homeowner association security guards outside his Southern Highlands home.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Diana Sullivan said she was not convinced the armed guards feared for their safety in the incident where the 34-year-old Mayweather allegedly summoned his “homies” with guns to handle a dispute over parking tickets that were issued for several cars parked in violation of HOA rules.
“I do not see evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that they were in fear for their safety,” Sullivan said of the claims made by 23-year-old Miguel Burgos and 24-year-old Aaron Ryan.
Had Mayweather—who’s also facing felony charges for a domestic argument with an ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of two of his children—been found guilty on both misdemeanor harassment counts, he would have faced up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
“If this wasn’t Floyd Mayweather, we wouldn’t have been in court,” Mayweather’s attorney Richard Wright told the Associated Press as he stood outside the Clark County Regional Justice Center. “Any other case would have resolved with an offer of an apology and a handshake.”
While Mayweather (who just a month ago controversially defeated Victor Ortiz to keep his perfect 42-0 record intact) kept things quiet in Vegas—deciding to pledge $100,000 to breast cancer research, rather than talk about his court-room victory—former Mayweather promoter and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum didn’t hold back Wednesday during an interview in Hollywood, Calif. when asked by an ESPN reporter whether a megafight between his boxer Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather would ever happen.
“That fight will never, ever happen,” Arum told ESPN. “Ever, ever happen because of Mayweather.
“When Mayweather talks about how he hates Top Rank he’s talking bulls—. What Mayweather hates is Manny’s right hand. Mayweather has no chin and Manny will knock him out. Pacquiao and Mayweather is a three or four-round fight. Period. And who knows that best? Mayweather. The one thing Mayweather has had throughout his career is he knows boxing. He understands boxing and Mayweather can not compete with Manny. It’s the right hand of Manny that is preventing that fight from happening.”
Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, who is preparing his boxer for a Nov. 12 trilogy bout against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand, wasn’t as outspoken as Arum about the long-rumored bout that would undoubtedly be the richest in boxing history—also told ESPN that if the fight doesn’t happen in the next year, it likely never will.
“I think it would be good for boxing and good for the world if that fight happened,” Roach said. “They’re both in their prime right now and I think it needs to happen now. People around the world are getting tired of it. They need to fight already.
“If Floyd ends up undefeated but didn’t fight Manny Pacquiao it’s going to haunt him for the rest of his life, but I don’t think he thinks logically. It’s always something with him. Only he knows why he won’t take this fight.”