Friday, June 8, 2012
Floyd Mayweather Jr. won't see fight
LAS VEGAS -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. won't be able to see rival Manny Pacquiao's pay-per-view fight Saturday night against Timothy Bradley, but he will have time to read his mail.
As inmate No. 1363917 at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas, Mayweather doesn't have access to a television, computer or telephone in the small solo jail cell where on Friday he was beginning the second week of a three-month sentence in a domestic violence case.
He has been getting lots of mail since someone posted his inmate number and address on Twitter, Las Vegas police officer Bill Cassell said.
Jail mail is screened, and Cassell told The Associated Press that some photos to Mayweather have been confiscated as "inappropriate."
"He's gotten some mail and a couple of books. There has been some contraband that has been stopped," Cassell said. He wouldn't describe the photos in detail.
Mayweather's lawyers in Las Vegas and his adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, didn't immediately respond Friday to messages from the AP.
As a high-profile inmate, Mayweather is being kept separate from the other 3,200 inmates in the high-rise Clark County Detention Center, Cassell said.
"We don't want to have an opportunity for someone who wants to make a name for himself to challenge him," the police spokesman said.
Mayweather has been getting a little more than 30 minutes twice a day in a couple of barren recreation areas in the administrative segregation unit, Cassell said. His cell, no larger than 7-by-12 feet, has barely enough floor space for pushups and situps.
Mayweather surrendered June 1 in a Las Vegas courtroom to serve up to 87 days in the county jail for attacking his ex-girlfriend in September 2010 while two of their children watched.
Mayweather could be released sometime in August if he earns credits for good behavior and work time in jail, Cassell said.
Mayweather pleaded guilty in December to misdemeanor domestic battery and no contest to two harassment charges stemming from a 5 a.m. attack on Josie Harris, the mother of three of his children. Harris, who was 30 at the time, was treated at a hospital for minor facial injuries and a sore left arm.
The plea deal allowed Mayweather to avoid trial on felony charges that could have gotten him up to 34 years in prison if he was convicted. Prosecutors dropped felony robbery, coercion, and grand larceny charges stemming from allegations that he threatened his two sons and took two cellphones.
The judge sentenced Mayweather on Dec. 22, then allowed him to remain free long enough to make a May 5 fight and a guaranteed $32 million against Miguel Cotto.