A Las Vegas judge didn’t need extra time to rule that Floyd Mayweather Jr. must continue to serve his time at the county jail.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa denied the undefeated boxer’s emergency motion seeking house arrest or a move to the general jail population on Wednesday night, hours before she was to give an official ruling on Thursday that Mayweather’s request did not meet the criteria for modifying a sentence.
”While the physical training areas and times provided to (Mayweather) may not be consistent with his prior regimen, he is indeed provided sufficient space and time for physical activity if he so chooses,” Saragosa wrote.
The 35-year-old Mayweather had been in jail for less than two weeks before his defense attorney Richard Wright filed a 35-page motion on Monday seeking house arrest for his client because he was being treated differently than others inmates at the Clark County Detention Center charged with similar crimes to Mayweather’s domestic battery offense.
“I’m not looking for special treatment for Floyd Mayweather, I’m looking for fair treatment,” Wright told the Associated Press of Mayweather, who is being segregated from CCDC’s general population because of his celebrity status and confined to his small cell 23 hours a day in a section populated by felony defendants.
The motion included an affidavit from Mayweather’s physician, Dr. Robert Voy, that said the “inhumane conditions” that Mayweather faced in jail threatened the undefeated welterweight’s future in boxing.
While Saragosa didn’t immediately rule on the emergency motion on Tuesday, she decided that Mayweather’s hydration status and daily caloric intake were self induced and must serve the remainder of his three-month sentence for domestic battery at the CCDC.
“The Court finds the alleged dehydration of the Defendant to be self-induced as water is made available to him twenty-four hours a day,” Saragosa wrote, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which first reported the story. “The Court further finds the estimated intake of only 800 calories per day is also self-induced as Defendant chooses not to eat the food provided.”
Mayweater pleaded guilty in December to reduced domestic battery charges from a September 2010 attack on his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched. The plea deal allowed him to avoid trial on felony charges that could have landed Mayweather up to 34 years in prison if convicted.
The motion didn’t sit well with prosecutor Lisa Luzaich, who said softening Mayweather’s sentence would be just another accommodation made for the prizefighter and scoffed at the idea that Mayweather was sustaining irreversible physical damage because of the limited training conditions his 7-by-12 foot cell provided.
“They keep chipping away, chipping away, chipping away,” Luzaich said of Saragosa, who already allowed Mayweather to delay his sentencing date until after his May 5 fight with Miguel Cotto because of the financial benefit the bout would bring to Las Vegas and the state of Nevada.
Mayweather won the bout by unanimous decision to improve his record to 43-0 and set a boxing record with a guaranteed purse of $32 million.
“He has the ability to exercise, he just chooses not to,” Luzaich continued, saying Mayweather’s health concerns are a result of him choosing not to eat the food he is served and not to drink the tap water available because he prefers bottled water.
“It’s jail. Where did he think he was going? The Four Seasons?”
In the motion, lawyers say Voy performed a 90-minute examination on Mayweather last Friday in front of jail medical staff. Voy determined Mayweather is consuming less than 800 calories a day compared to the 3,000-4,000 calorie diet he eats during training.
“(Voy) expressed deep concern for Mr. Mayweather’s health and explained that any lengthy period of time with an inappropriate diet, coupled with lack of regular exercise, will most likely lead to irreversible damage to Mr. Mayweather’s physique,” the motion said.
“Such damage could and, most likely, would lead to Mr. Mayweather being unable to continue his boxing career.”
Voy also expressed concerned about Mayweather’s emotional well-being because of the extreme isolation.
“I am concerned about Floyd withdrawing, developing anger he cannot dissipate through the usual means of dedicated exercise and training,” Voy wrote. “Boxing has been Mr. Mayweather’s life since he was a young man and we need champions of this type to continue to their natural retirement and hopefully their contributions to society thereafter.”
During a heated 25-minute hearing on Tuesday, Wright said Mayweather “is being unfairly, disproportionately punished, and there are remedies for it.” The lawyer offered several modifications to Mayweather’s 87-day sentence—which began on June 1, and could be reduced by several weeks for good behavior—including full-term or limited house arrest.
To squash the public outcry that certainly would occur if Mayweather received leniency to serve the rest of the sentence at his lavish 12,000-square-foot mansion, Wright said he would rent a small apartment or secure another location that would satisfy the court.