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Mayweather jailed for three months

LAS VEGAS - Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. was sentenced to 90 days in jail on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a domestic violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges.

Mayweather, who is a perfect 42-0 in the ring and has dodged significant jail time several times in domestic violence cases in Las Vegas and Michigan, saw his run of courtroom success come to an end.

The case stemmed from a hair-pulling, punching and arm-twisting argument with his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris while two of their children watched in September 2010.

“Punishment is appropriate,’’ Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa said after a prosecutor complained that Mayweather has been in trouble before and hasn’t faced serious consequences. “No matter who you are, you have consequences to your actions when they escalate to this level of violence.’’

Good behavior could knock several weeks off Mayweather’s sentence, but he will likely serve most of the sentence which is set to begin Jan. 6, said Bill Cassell, a Las Vegas police spokesman.

Mayweather and his manager, Leonard Ellerbe, declined comment outside the courtroom.

The jail time raises further doubts about a long-awaited showdown between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, who each have their backers for claims to being the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter.

A long-awaited fight between the two men regarded as among the best of their generation has been delayed by stalling techniques and verbal sparring.

The two men have a defamation lawsuit pending in Las Vegas federal court stemming from statements by Mayweather that he suspects Pacquiao was taking performance-enhancing drugs. Mayweather returned in September from a 16-month layoff to continue his undefeated record with a controversial knockout of Victor Ortiz in Las Vegas.

Mayweather’s promoters have a May 5 date reserved against an as-yet unnamed opponent at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. But if Mayweather is jailed until the end of March, it could cut into the usual eight-plus weeks he takes to train. AP

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