Mayweather begins jail sentence

Sporting gray sweatpants, a matching hoodie and sneakers more befitting of a gym than a courtroom, champion boxer Floyd Mayweather turned himself in today to begin serving a three-month jail sentence for attacking an ex-girlfriend, and mother of three of his children, in September 2010.

The 35-year-old Las Vegas resident stood silent as he appeared before Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa, who credited him with fulfilling the community service requirement she imposed on him in December.

The five-division champion was then handcuffed and taken away to the Clark County Detention Center, where he will serve 87 days after pleading guilty to reduced domestic battery charges in an attack against Josi Harris nearly two years ago.

The plea deal ensured Mayweather avoided trial on felony charges that could have gotten Mayweather up to 34 years in prison if convicted.

Mayweather was also ordered to complete a yearlong domestic violence counseling program, 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine.

”He’ll be all right,” Mayweather friend, rapper 50 Cent, told reporters outside the courthouse.

Mayweather’s stay will be capped at 87 days, because the judge gave him credit for three days previously served. It could be reduced by several weeks for good behavior, police officer Bill Cassell told the Associated Press.

The judge sentenced Mayweather on Dec. 22, but allowed him to remain free long enough to fight Miguel Cotto, who he defeated by unanimous decision, on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Cassell said because of his high-profiled status, Mayweather will serve the majority of his time away from other 3,200 inmates at the downtown Las Vegas facility.

The small solo cell—which measures no larger than 7-by-12 feet, with a bunk, stainless steel toilet and sink, a steel and wood desk with a permanently bolted stool and two small vertical windows—will be a far cry from Mayweather’s nearly 12,800-square-foot mansion in an exclusive guarded community several miles south of the famed Las Vegas Strip.