Floyd Mayweather and Kelly Pavlik: A Year to Forget
By Gabriel Montoya, MaxBoxing (Dec 23, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
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Floyd Mayweather Jr
On Wednesday, WBC welterweight champion and arguably the best boxer in the sport, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 100 hours of community service and a $2500 fine for a September 2010 domestic violence case, in which he was accused of entering the home of the mother of his two kids and assaulting her. Mayweather was sentenced in Clark County Nevada’s courthouse. A day before, Floyd had agreed to a plea deal, dropping the charges to a domestic violence misdemeanor while pleading no-contest to two harassment misdemeanors.
 
With Mayweather scheduled to serve 90 days (minus three for time served) starting January 6, plans for a May 5 showdown with Manny Pacquiao seem to be on the backburner. While it is unlikely Mayweather will serve all 90 days, assuming he gets time off for good behavior, even leaving jail in March would leave little time to prepare for a Pacquiao fight, much less promote it properly.
 
Most important here, beyond any fight, is that Mayweather (who pled guilty in 2002 to two counts of domestic violence and, in 2004, was found guilty of two counts of misdemeanor battery for assaulting two women in a Las Vegas night club) is finally doing time for a crime he has continually repeated. Only in this country, where we seem to value athletes, celebrities and their reality show wives more than victims like Josie Harris and her children, can a repeat offender get a mere 90 days of which he’ll likely serve 65.
 
As reported by Lance Pugmire of the L.A. Times, the prosecutor in the case, Lisa Luzaich, said, “He just continually gets himself into trouble and he is able to get himself out of it as well. Essentially, it is because he is who he is and is able to get away with everything. The only thing that's going to get this man's attention is incarceration.”
 
According to the complaints filed against Mayweather, he was alleged to have entered Harris’ home in the early morning hours because he had heard she was seeing another man. He allegedly struck Ms. Harris, threatening her life and the lives of their children during the altercation. Mayweather’s son, 11, apparently escaped and ran to the security station to get help. That the crimes happened in front of his children was one reason for his sentencing.
 
“One unique thing about this case that I see from any others I see on a regular basis is the extent to which this happened in front of children old enough to understand what is happening,” said Judge Melissa Saragosa on a TMZ video broadcast of the hearing. “These were not infants. These were children in the report listed as 11 and nine years old. According to the report, an 11-year-old child had to jump over a gate in the backyard and run to the security station in order to protect his mother from what was happening. It was also reported that it was not about protecting the children and getting them away from seeing what was happening. But also when Mr. Mayweather left the home, he left not just with his belongings; he left with Ms. Harris’ cell phone and both children’s cell phones. It was fortunate that they were able to contact security and gain assistance that evening because there were threats to kill her and ‘make her disappear.’ Things could have gotten even more out of hand than what they did.”
 
At age 34, this is another setback for Mayweather who fought just once this year and was hoping to step up his activity in the next year. It won’t be in the first quarter of 2012 if he does.
 
In a sort of related story, former Middleweight Champion of the World Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik was arrested late Wednesday night on suspicion of DUI in Canfield, Ohio. Pavlik was apparently driving an ATV while intoxicated and hit both a lamppost and a telephone pole on his way home. A friend of his initially took the blame for the incident but later relented and admitted Pavlik was driving the vehicle while drunk.
 
Pavlik, upon being revealed as the culprit, allegedly went ballistic and starting yelling at the officers before being taken into custody. His friend, a Daniel Ferreri, was also taken in for obstructing justice. In addition to the DUI, Pavlik will face a “Leaving the scene of an accident” charge as well as failing to control his vehicle. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday. For now, he is free on bond.
 
What started as a return to the sport for Mayweather and Pavlik turned into a nightmare year of one bad incident after another. Mayweather’s year has consisted of a Ustream rant that was labeled racist at best and offensive across the board at worst. A slew of court cases ranging from allegedly attacking a security to being implicated in a skating rink shooting in Las Vegas capped off his lovely year and this latest case was preceded by one of the more controversial endings to a major PPV fight in recent memory.
 
Pavlik, meanwhile, has continued to struggle with out-of-the-ring issues including a very public battle with alcoholism, hometown fight canceled at the last second, and an off-and-on relationship with his trainer, Jack Loew. There was recent talk of Pavlik heading to Oxnard to train with Robert Garcia, a move thought to be for Pavlik’s own good, ultimately getting him away from his troubled environment. Instead, he has remained in Ohio, where he has now gotten into possible “jail time” trouble.
 
All in all, it’s a terrible way to end what should have been a positive return to the sport for both men.

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