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Floyd Mayweather Jr. reportedly to accept plea bargain

A Las Vegas newspaper says the boxer will plead guilty to misdemeanor counts in an incident involving a girlfriend.

December 20, 2011|By Lance Pugmire
  • Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. originally faced multiple felonies for an alleged attack against his girlfriend in September 2010.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. originally faced multiple felonies for an alleged… (Isaac Brekken / Associated…)

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. will reportedly accept a plea bargain to avoid a felony conviction in connection with a domestic violence case involving the mother of three of his children, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday.

Calls to Mayweather and his representatives were not returned.

Clark County (Nev.) District Attorney David Roger told the newspaper that Mayweather on Wednesday will plead guilty to one count of battery domestic violence and two counts of harassment, all misdemeanors. Mayweather is subject to $3,000 in fines and a jail sentence ranging from two days to 18 months, the newspaper reported.

Mayweather, 34, originally faced felony charges for his alleged attack against girlfriend Josie Harris and his treatment of the children after reportedly learning Harris was dating another man in September 2010.

The conclusion of Mayweather's criminal case helps promoters move forward with plans to stage a super-fight next year between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum, told The Times that Mayweather's legal case has created uncertainty because of a possible trial date and how much jail time he could serve if convicted. Arum still cautioned, "I have no idea what's going to happen. We'll see tomorrow. So let's wait until tomorrow."

Arum said a likely date for the mega-fight between the sport's top two fighters would be in June. Arum said he's pursuing the idea of building a 45,000-seat venue on the Las Vegas Strip near the Wynn and Venetian properties. Arum said the additional time will assist the construction plan, even though Mayweather's advisor previously said he's cleared May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a fight date against Pacquiao.

"That's Cinco de Mayo and too early," said Arum of the May 5 date; he added that fight talks won't take place during the holiday break.

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