Floyd Mayweather Sentenced To Jail Time: Will The Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight Ever Happen?
Just when you thought there might be a window opening that would set the stage for the megafight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather that the world has been longing for, something has to dash our dreams and remind us that perhaps this little shindig of a fight that’s supposed to save boxing isn’t destined to happen.
After Floyd Mayweather’s controversial knockout of Victor Ortiz in September and Pacquiao’s controversial (but for different reasons) decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in November, it looked like the stage just might be set for Mayweather and Pacquiao to finally get it on.
To further the hype, Mayweather threw the gauntlet down by booking a May 5th date at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the prospective fight against Pacquiao. Nobody knew if Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum were going to take the bait, but I guess it really doesn’t matter anymore after what took place on Tuesday afternoon.
You see, somewhere in Mayweather’s arrogance something got lost that should have alarmed him. That something was a little domestic battery case his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris had hanging over his head. Apparently, Mayweather deemed himself just as invincible in the court as he has been in the ring and assumed that this little domestic thing would go away. That obviously didn’t happen as Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail, which he must begin on January 6th.
If you do the math, that means Mayweather won’t be out of jail until late April, which deems a May 5th fight with anybody next to impossible. Even if his sentence was cut in half due to good behavior, there wouldn’t be much time to formally announce a fight, set up a promo tour and do all the things that Team Mayweather sets up months in advance of his fights. Unless he shoots HBO 24/7 from jail and trains while incarcerated, it likely won’t happen.
So where does that leave boxing fans? Pissed off. Yup, we’ve been hoodwinked again. Sadly, we’ll still hold out hope that these two can fight before their children graduate from college. If they don’t, you can kiss boxing goodbye.