Floyd Mayweather Jr. was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges from a domestic violence incident involving his ex-girlfriend and two of their children in September 2010.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa also ordered the 34-year-old Las Vegas resident to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine as part of a plea deal—which avoids a evidentiary hearing on felony grand larceny, coercion and robbery charges, plus misdemeanor domestic battery and harassment charges stemming from an argument between Mayweather and his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris over her dating another man.
Mayweather could have faced 34 years in prison if convicted of all charges.
“Punishment is appropriate,” said Saragosa, who said she was swayed by Mayweather’s admission that he hit Harris and twisted her arm in front of two of their children, ages 9 and 10.
“No matter who you are, you have consequences to your actions when they escalate to this level of violence.”
Mayweather’s sentence was actually set for six months, with 90 days to be spent in the Clark County Detention Center and 90 days which will be suspended on the condition he completes the rest of the requirements of his sentencing. Mayweather, however, was given credit for three days of time served and could serve several weeks less than the full sentence if he gets credit for good behavior.
The champion boxer, who sports an unblemished 42-0 record, had been posturing for a superfight with Manny Pacquiao for May 5, 2012 at the MGM Grand. Instead, Mayweather will report to jail on Jan. 6.
Mayweather’s defense attorney Karen Winckler told the Associated Press she is considering an appeal and argued the public would benefit more if Mayweather performed 100 hours of community service rather than a jail sentence.
But prosecutor Lisa Luzaich told 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,” Luzaich 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—who also has agreed to plead no contest next week to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from an incident over parking issues involving a security guard in November 2010—declined comment outside the courtroom.