Floyd Mayweather Jr. seeking release from jail due to inhumane conditions


Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is currently in the middle of an 87-day prison sentence for domestic battery. Photo by: So Max O / Flickr

BY IAN PALMER,Feedcrossing.com syndication

Undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., arguably the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, has apparently met his match outside of the ring at the Clark County Detention Center, where he says the conditions are inhumane.

The 35-year-old Mayweather has reportedly asked to serve the remainder of his three-month jail sentence on house arrest. Richard Wright, the boxer’s lawyer, filed a 35-page emergency motion on June 11 which said his client’s physical conditioning will deteriorate in jail and it may harm his future boxing career. Mayweather has been segregated from the prison’s general population for his own safety which means he’s allegedly confined in his cell for 23 hours each day. The other hour is spent in the facility’s recreation area.

It was reported that Dr. Robert Voy, and Leonard Ellerbe, the boxer’s personal physician and trainer, has signed affidavits regarding Mayweather’s condition. The motion states that Mayweather consumes fewer than 800 calories each day and is buying energy bars, fruit, and bread that he purchases at the jail commissary. He supposedly consumes approximately up to 4,000 calories a day while training.

Mayweather said there isn’t anywhere for him to exercise since he isn’t allowed to use the jail’s training area due to being isolated from the rest of the inmates. The claim said Mayweather’s appearance is dehydrated and his muscle tone is suffering because of his lack of exercise and inappropriate diet. It claimed that he may suffer irreversible damage if it continues and he may not be able to resume his boxing career when released.

In addition, the claim said Mayweather is suffering from depression and anger issues which he usually works out during his training routine. It was alleged that Mayweather can’t prepare food for himself or wash in his cell because he doesn’t have access to hot water in isolation and he isn’t allowed to receive bottled water.

Wright said that Mayweather would be willing to serve the rest of his sentence in house arrest at an appropriate location if the judge agrees to it. However, his home wouldn’t be deemed an appropriate location by most people since it’s a mansion that measures 12,000 square feet in size and one of his walk-in closets is reportedly larger than the cell he’s now serving his time in. Of course, there’s another solution to the problem, which is to place Mayweather in the general prison population where he’ll be able to use the exercise facilities that are on hand.

It’s hard to imagine that he’s going to get much sympathy from the general public, especially those who are homeless and can’t make ends meet. Mayweather reportedly earned $32 million in May for fighting Cotto, making him the highest-paid athlete in the world. As they say, if you can’t do the time then don’t do the crime.

Mayweather was sentenced to three months in jail for domestically abusing the mother of three of his children in September of 2010. He had his sentence postponed when the judge allowed him to train and fight Miguel Cotto. Mayweather reported to jail on June 1 to serve his sentence.

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