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Police: Floyd Mayweather Jr. to be released from jail Friday

August 01, 2012|By Lance Pugmire
  • Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is scheduled to be released Friday from jail.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is scheduled to be released Friday from jail. (Julie Jacobson / Associated…)

Floyd Mayweather Jr.  will be released from jail in Las Vegas as early as Thursday night, a Las Vegas police spokesman said Wednesday.

Mayweather, the unbeaten world super-welterweight champion, has been jailed inside Clark County (Nev.) Detention Center since June 1 for a 2010 domestic violence crime against the mother of his three children.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail but was eligible for early release based on good behavior. Jail officials informed Mayweather's attorney that additional inmates might accelerate the boxer's release, according to a person familiar with the situation but unauthorized to speak publicly about it.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept. spokesman Bill Cassell said Mayweather's release date is Friday, but added, "historically, inmates can be processed out the night before."

Mayweather's attorneys attempted to gain him house arrest, arguing in a court filing that the boxer was losing significant strength and could find his career threatened by restrictions on nutrition and exercise. That argument was denied by a justice of the peace who presided over Mayweather's case.

Mayweather (43-0, 26 knockouts) had his jail sentence postponed from earlier this year so he could fight Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto, whom Mayweather, 35, defeated by unanimous decision May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

It is unclear whom Mayweather will fight next, or when.

Repeated failed efforts to stage a fight against Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao are not expected to be reignited. Pacquiao is in the Philippines and could select his next opponent by Friday, promoter Bob Arum said last week.

Pacquiao could opt for a rematch with Timothy Bradley, who defeated him by a controversial split decision in November, take a fourth fight against  Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez or have a rematch with Cotto, Arum said.

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