Lem Satterfield

Will Mayweather’s relicensing be a slam dunk?

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Having avoided jail time until June 1, it seems a forgone conclusion that undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be re-licensed to fight by the Nevada State Athletic Commission when he applies.

Still, he must re-apply, for every fighter’s license expires on Dec. 31 of every year, according to NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer.

“He has not yet applied,” wrote Kizer in an e-mail to RingTV.com. “Once he does, the chairman will place Mr. Mayweather’s application on a commission agenda for hearing.”

Mayweather had been facing a 90-day jail sentence, stemming from a 2010 domestic violence case, that was slated to begin this past Friday, a scenario which threatened his announced plan to return to the ring on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with Manny Pacquiao being his targeted opponent.

It is unclear wheather or not Mayweather will be considered as seriously as the four others Pacquiao already was  set to select from, comprised of WBA junior middleweight beltholder Miguel Cotto, WBA/WBO lightweight titleholder Juan Manuel Marquez, IBF/WBA junior welterweight beltwinner Lamont Peterson or Peterson’s WBO division counterpart Tim Bradley.

But Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who has handled Mayweather’s most recent fights, doubts that Arum wants to match Pacquiao against Mayweather.

Schaefer has even suggested that a he is close to reaching a deal for Mayweather to fight on the target date against another opponent to be announced as early as this week.

Schaefer named the prime alternative candidates for Mayweather to be RING No. 2-rated lightweight Robert Guerrero, a five-belt winner over the course of three divisions, and RING No. 2-ranked junior middleweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, holder of his division’s WBC crown.

Mayweather is coming off of a fourth-round knockout of Victor Ortiz in September that earned him the WBC’s welterweight title belt.

 

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

 

 

 

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com

 

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