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Floyd Mayweather Jr. granted hearing for house-arrest request

June 12, 2012|By Lance Pugmire
  • Floyd Mayweather Jr. is asking to be moved to house arrest due to "inhumane" conditions in jail. He is serving an 87-day term for his role in a physical confrontation with the mother of three of his children in 2010.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is asking to be moved to house arrest due to "inhumane"… (Frederic J. Brown / AFP /…)

The attorney for world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. won an emergency hearing Tuesday afternoon for a request that the fighter now serving jail time for domestic battery be transferred to house arrest, a spokeswoman for the Clark County, Nev., court system confirmed.

[Update at 1:56 p.m.: Following the emergency brief hearing, a judge announced Tuesday that he would make a decision on the matter on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.]

Mayweather has been in the Clark County jail for two weeks, where and his attorney says conditions are "inhumane" and should prompt a change to house arrest, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Monday.

Mayweather's attorney, Richard A. Wright, filed a motion which included affidavits by a physician that concluded Mayweather's boxing career was being threatened by his inability to exercise or eat properly in jail.

Mayweather defeated Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision May 5 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, earning a guaranteed $32 million. He reported to jail June 1, starting a scheduled 87-day term in connection with a physical confrontation he had with the mother of three of his children in 2010.

In the 35-page motion for Mayweather's move to house arrest,  the Review-Journal reported, Dr. Robert Voy said he had examined the boxer in jail and concluded that Mayweather was consuming as little as one-fifth of the calories he usually takes in, while isolation has deprived him of exercise.

"After examining Mr. Mayweather, Dr. Voy was concerned with Mr. Mayweather's dehydrated appearance, his lack of muscle tone and his dry mucus membranes," the Review-Journal quoted the motion as saying.

In the motion, the doctor "expressed deep concern for Mr. Mayweather's health and explained that any lengthy period of time with an inappropriate diet, coupled with lack of regular exercise, will most likely lead to irreversible damage to Mr. Mayweather's physique," according to the Review-Journal. "Such damage could and, most likely, would lead to Mr. Mayweather being unable to continue his boxing career."

Depression and anger issues were developing, the doctor reported in the motion, according to the report.

Mayweather plans to box for two more years, but jail is compromising the athlete, his advisor Leonard Ellerbe and attorney Wright said in the motion.

"Whether Mr. Mayweather will be able to box again is dependent on his continued conditioning," the Review-Journal said, quoting the document, with Wright adding in the motion, "To lose his physique and ability to box because of being placed in administrative segregation is a blow he should not have to take."

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