Floyd Mayweather was seen exiting a Las Vegas jail early Friday, Aug. 3. The WBC Welterweight Champion was released after two months of a three-month sentence in a misdemeanor domestic battery case.
Mayweather, a flamboyant undefeated boxer, walked out of the Clark County Detention Center where his best friend and rapper/entrepreneur 50 cent, among many others, greeted him with open arms.
The 35-year-old boxer donned a leather Miami Heat cap and a gray hooded sweatshirt as he greeted his entourage of about 20 close friends and family members including his 12-year-old daughter, Iyanna Mayweather, and his manager, Leonard Ellerbe.
Mayweather had nothing to say to media as he got behind the wheel of a blue Bentley sedan, which carried the "In The Club" rapper in the front seat, and drove away.
While many boxing insiders and critics have speculated whether his two-month stint in a Las Vegas jail would affect his future in boxing, Mayweather's lawyers made a slick attempt cut his stay short because they believed it would.
Just 12 days after he entered prison in June, personal physicians and lawyers warned in court documents that their client might be at risk because jail food and water didn't meet Mayweather's dietary needs. They added that the lack of exercise space in a cramped cell of fewer than 98 square feet threatened his health and fitness.
But as he exited the Las Vegas jail looking just as fit as when he went in, the boxing world is buzzing with questions about what is next for the 43-0 fighter.
Nevada Athletic Commission executive Keith Kizer told USA Today that promoters for Mayweather's main rival, Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao, have reserved a spot in the ring on Nov. 10 at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas. But according to the news outlet, Pacquiao's opponent hasn't been named. Still, Mayweather is not believed to be on the list.
If he was on the list, or any other list for that matter, the man who is ranked by Forbes as the number one richest athlete with $85 million in fight earnings, would need to acquire a new license from the Nevada Athletic Commission, Kizer said Thursday. His last license, for the May 5 bout against Miguel Cotto, was for one fight only.
If Mayweather applies, commission Chairman Raymond "Skip" Avansino Jr. could decide to grant approval administratively or summon Mayweather before the panel for a public hearing, Kizer said.
On December 21, 2011, a judge sentenced Mayweather to serve 90 days in the county jail for battery upon his ex-girlfriend in September 2010. Mayweather reached a deal with prosecutors in which he pled guilty to misdemeanor battery in exchange for prosecutors dropping the felony battery charge.
Mayweather also pled no contest to two counts of misdemeanor harrasment which stemmed from him threatening to beat his kids.
In addition to the sentence of 90 days in the county jail, Mayweather was ordered to complete 100 hours community service, a 12-month domestic violence program, and pay a fine of $2,500.