It is no secret Floyd Mayweather Jr. has had his share of legal problems in recent times, and the undefeated boxer plans to take a deal in his ongoing felony case. Instead of exposing himself to 34 years in prison, Mayweather will now plead guilty to misdemeanor battery and harassment charges.
Mayweather was initially charged with felony grand larceny, robbery, coercion charges, and misdemeanor battery and harassment, after authorities got involved in an altercation between the WBC welterweight champion and his ex-girlfriend.
Charging Mayweather with felony grand larceny and robbery was a little out of the norm, given the fact he was accused of taking his ex’s cell phone (not saying taking her phone was right, but felony charges should be reserved for serious crimes, not altercations where an angry boyfriend allegedly walks away with his girlfriends cell phone after a heated argument). Mayweather status as the biggest draw/villain in boxing probably had something to do with the serious charges levied against him, and it isn’t surprising to see both parties work out a deal.
With a plea deal, both sides win, since a trial would be costly for the state, and a conviction is far from being guaranteed. Mayweather will now face a $3000 fine, and he could get up to 18 months in jail. Given the nature of the charges Mayweather plans to plead guilty to, his chances of serving serious jail time are pretty slim.
With Mayweather’s legal problems coming to an end, many are hoping for a super-fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 5, 2012. Mayweather has made it clear that his only desire right now is to face the WBO welterweight champ and settle the pound-for-pound debate once and for all.
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum wasn’t initially thrilled with the idea of facing Mayweather on May 5, but pressure from his most profitable client and boxing fans alike have forced him to sing a different song.
Arum now says the super-fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao is his number one priority, and negotiations are expected to start in January. Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail this time around, and the two biggest names in boxing will finally settle the score.