Twelve days into his three-month jail sentence on a domestic battery count, lawyers for undefeated champion boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. have filed an emergency motion to try to get him out of jail and into house arrest for fear that serving the remainder of his sentence may cause him to never fight again.
According to the 35 page motion filed, the 25-year-old's physical conditioning is deteriorating under the stress of being jailed at the Clark County Detention Center. The motion, which included affidavits from Mayweather's co-manager, Leonard Ellerbe, and personal physician Dr. Robert Voy, stated that if Mayweather remained in jail, it would threaten his career. He had planned on fighting for at least two more years according to the motion.
"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 motion said.
Voy also "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," the motion said.
"Such damage could and, most likely, would lead to Mr. Mayweather being unable to continue his boxing career," the motion said.
Because of his celebrity status, Las Vegas police have maintained that Mayweather is to be held in isolation to protect him from other prisoners. Mayweather is allowed access to a shower, watch TV, use hot water to prepare food, use phones and exercise for an hour a day. Other inmates have access to phones and TV, can play games with other inmates and are out of their cells "for most of the day."
Mayweather's lawyer, Richard Wright, said in the motion that Mayweather would be willing to work with jail officials to find "an appropriate location" to serve house arrest if the judge agreed. It's unclear whether the appropriate location would be Mayweather's 12,000-square-foot mansion in the ritzy Southern Highlands development. The mansion sports a walk-in closet bigger than his jail cell.
If forced to stay in isolation, Mayweather could be a free man in as little as two months with good behavior.
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