A high-profile lawyer, one of the best that big money can buy, has just filed a 35-page “emergency motion” in a Las Vegas Court on behalf of admitted woman-beater Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr., and today Melissa Saragosa, a justice of the peace in Nevada, will rule if the professional boxer is being mistreated in jail. In other words, after just two weeks here’s another celebrity who doesn’t enjoy being in the lock-up at all.
Mayweather, a sensational 35-year-old fighter who has won 43 straight fights in the ring and another “biggie” outside of it two years ago when he brutally plummeted his ex-girlfriend in front of their children, complained that his 7’ by 12’ cell is barely big enough for him to do pushups and sit-ups and that the guards won’t furnish him bottled water.
That’s right – the champ very rarely drinks it from the tap.
In a story that (nearly or dearly) breaks your heart, it is further alleged that the poor fighter – who has made $85 million in the last year alone – is being kept in isolation for 23 hours every day, that his calorie intake has dropped from 3,000 to around 800, and that the general conditions in the Clark County Detention Center are “inhumane.”
Are you kidding me? Like prosecutor Lisa Luzaich told the judge, “Where did he think he was going? The Four Season?”
It seems that back in 2010 the boxer went to his ex-girlfriend’s place and beat her up as their children watched in terror. Instead of facing a trial that would have brought felony charges and a stint of up to 35 years, Floyd lawyered up and the slicks worked a misdemeanor deal that got him 90 days when he pleaded guilty.
Mayweather was supposed to have served the time earlier this year but the court – swayed by the best lawyers “Money” could buy – postponed the report date until June 1 so Floyd could whip Miguel Cotto in a pay-per-view debacle and rake in a $40 million paycheck.
But since Floyd left his multi-million-dollar mansion in the toniest neighborhood in Las Vegas on June 1, he has not liked being incarcerated. His personal physician, Dr. Robert Voy, said in court papers that he, an avowed medical expert, is concerned Floyd has lost some muscle tone during the first two weeks and worries about the fighter’s emotional balance. "I am concerned about Floyd withdrawing, developing anger he cannot dissipate through the usual means of dedicated exercise and training,” the physician said in the affidavit. "Boxing has been Mr. Mayweather's life since he was a young man and we need champions of this type to continue to their natural retirement and hopefully their contributions to society thereafter," further wrote the doctor.
Mayweather’s lawyers are willing to work with the court, saying a nice apartment somewhere would be alright should the judge balk at house arrest, allowing Floyd to return to his posh home with the servants, the bottled water, and everything else, but, my gracious, now Floyd is even talking about retiring and that his career’s longevity could be imperiled without urgent emergency action.
It is believed that if the court denies Mayweather’s petition today, he will probably serve no more than 60 days – getting an early out on good behavior – but you know how things work in Vegas. And we’re talking about Floyd Mayweather here – the guy who is so pure that he rarely drinks tap water but admitted he battered the mother of his children with the kids watching.
Jail officials say the other prisoners, who don’t have the “resources” to file 35-page motions, seem to do just fine with the tap water and say they’ve kept the pugilist in segregation for his own safety. But the slick lawyers assert that Mayweather’s celebrity status prevents him from the advantages of mingling with the general population in jail and that’s markedly unfair.
Back in December, when the boxer copped the plea, Justice Saragosa told everybody up front: "I think a period of time in incarceration will send the right message to the community and to his children that, no matter who you are, you will have consequences to your actions that are appropriate when this level of violence is inflicted."
So today in Las Vegas, it will be interesting to see what “Money” Mayweather’s “dealer” does from the bench – will she hold or fold?