After scoring the fourth-round knockout of Victor Ortiz in September that earned him the WBC’s welterweight title belt, unbeaten RING No. 2-ranked pound-for-pound fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. had targeted a May 5 return to the ring against an opponent to be determined, potentially RING No. 1-rated pound-for-pound WBO welterweight beltholder Manny Pacquiao.
But given the fact that Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail starting on January 6 as a result of Wednesday’s guilty plea to a charge of misdemeanor battery domestic violence and no contest on two counts of harassment, there is a significant question as to whether or not Maywhether will even be licensed by the Nevada State Athletic Commision’s five-member committee, let alone, if he will even have time enough to begin training for a fight on that date.
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, Mayweather’s promoter, already has the MGM Grand reserved for the boxer’s return.
Mayweather (42-0, 26 knockouts), who turns 35 on Feb. 24, was also ordered by Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa to pay a $2,500 fine, complete 100 hours of community service and to undergo 12 months of treatment in a domestic violence program, all of which coincides with the time Mayweather would need to complete the re-licensing process and to prepare for a bout on May 5.
Every fighter’s license expires on Dec. 31 of every year, according to NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer. But when Mayweather goes to re-apply after serving his three months in the Clark County Detention Center, he will be required to undergo a higher level of scruitiny than most.
“With Mr. Mayweather’s situation, there is a question on our application as to whether or not you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor,” said Kizer. “As would any applicant, he would have to fill that out correctly and honestly. Then the commission, thereafter, would go from there.”
Asked spectulate on the status of Mayweather’s licensing at the time of his release, Kizer said, “It’s too early to say anything about that.”
“I don’t know that. I can tell you that we definitely would want to get updated information, such as a copy of the conviction and any other documentation that is related thereto,” said Kizer. “And then we would go from there. It’s too early to say anything about that. There’s no way of knowing what the commission members will decide.”
Prior to facing Ortiz, Mayweather’s legal issues were heavily examined by the commission, according to Kizer.
“I can tell you already that we’ve talked to Floyd during the summertime before the Ortiz fight when the charges were pending. The commission got a bunch of information from both the prosecutor as well as the defense counsel for Mr. Mayweather,” said Kizer.
“They had all of that information before the commission before they approved the bout with Mr. Ortiz. Of course, now that there’s been an actual conviction, we don’t want to do anything that would interfere with the prosecution or the defense at the moment. But when it’s time, they would probably get all of that information later and go from there.”
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