During the post-fight press conference on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where his unanimous decision victory had dethroned Miguel Cotto as WBC junior middleweight beltholder about an hour earlier, Floyd Mayweather Jr. assured reporters that he was unconcerned about his impending jail term that was to begin on June 1 at the nearby Clark County Detention Center.
“Can’t nothing break Floyd Mayweather. Whatever hand is dealt to you in life, you’ve got to deal with that hand,” said Mayweather, 35. “That’s called being a real man. When I’m in a fight, and I get hit with good shots, I say, ‘no problem,’ because it comes with the territory.”
On Wednesday, 13 days into his sentence, Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa ruled against an attempt by the fighter’s legal representatives to get Mayeather out of jail by denying an emergency motion seeking to have him serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.
Mayweather’s lawyers claimed that the boxer’s health is deteriorating because he’s confined to his cell 23 hours a day and can’t exercise. But Saragosa said that the complaints of Mayweather about not having enough to drink or eat are self-induced.
Mayweather, who is kept away from the general inmate population because he’s a celebrity, is in the midst of serving an 87-day sentence for charges of misdemeanor battery domestic violence and no contest on two counts of harassment in a case involving the mother of two of his children, Josie Harris.
Against Cotto, Mayweather earned his 43rd win without a loss with 26 knockouts, his eighth belt in five weight classes, and added the WBC’s 154-pound belt to the organization’s welterweight title he already owned.
Mayweather down played the prison term as “small time” after the Cotto fight.
“Like I have said before, if this was my last fight, I could say that before I left the game, it wasn’t without giving the fans good bang for their buck. At least, I gave the fans their money’s worth. When I’m gone away, I can sit down and write down a lot of my ideas,” said Mayweather.
“I can come up with more major ideas for my company and for the sport of boxing…This stuff is small time. It’s small stuff. You all are worried about it more than I am. But that’s nothing. It’s just like a training camp.”