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Floyd Mayweather Jr's jail sentence, and how it affects a potential fight with Manny Pacquiao.

Updated on March 19, 2013

Boxer: Floyd Mayweather.

History of hype behind this potential fight, and Mayweather's legal troubles.

A potential fight between boxers, Manny Pacquiao, and Floyd Mayweather Jr is something the world has been wanting to see. It's not only a fight that die hard boxing fans want, but the sporting world in general has been longing for it. Attempts to make a match between the two have fallen short over the last couple of years. There have been several reasons offered by both sides as to why the fight hasn't been able to happen. However, the main issue that has constantly stopped the match from happening is the issue of Olympic style drug testing. Despite the Nevada State Athletic Commission not requiring this form of testing for boxing matches, Mayweather has required rigorous Olympic style testing from his opponents in his last few bouts. Mayweather has stated that he wants to clean up the sport of boxing, and he is taking the tests also. During the span of time this fight hasn't taken place, Mayweather has been plagued by legal troubles. On December 21st, 2011, Mayweather was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail. This sentencing stems from a 2010 domestic battery report filed by Mayweather's former girlfriend, Josie Harris. You may ask yourself; Why is this significant when it comes to a fight with Pacquiao? Please read on.

The importance of May 5th, 2012.

Floyd Mayweather's advisor, Leonard Ellerbe announced in November that Mayweather would be fighting again May 5, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayweather was ordered by the judge in his case to surrender on January 6, 2012. If Mayweather does the entire 90 day sentence, which it is likely that he won't, he will be out sometime in April. The question now is; Can Mayweather serve three months in jail, and still fight Manny Pacquiao in May? I personally don't see it happening. I don't think that being in jail for 3 months will affect Mayweather skill wise, but Mayweather is the king of hyping up his bouts. He paints himself as the perfect villain for his matches. That is what has helped get him rich in the sport of boxing. It's also one of the reasons he's one of the most disliked boxers in the world. He certainly won't be able to hype up a May 5th bout from a jail cell.

Their last fights, and Pacquiao's struggles again Marquez.

Both Mayweather and Pacquiao are coming off of controversial victories. Mayweather fought and defeated Victor Ortiz on September 17, 2011. Mayweather earned a knockout victory, which many critics have said to be a cheap shot victory. It happened in the fourth round after Ortiz threw a blatant headbutt. With this victory, Mayweather claimed Ortiz's WBC championship title. Manny Pacquiao defeated Mexican boxer, Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12, 2011. This marked the third fight between the two with Pacquiao winning another close bout. Their first match which took place in 2004 ended in a draw. All three fights between the two have been very close, with many people believing Marquez has won all three fights. Pacquaio once again struggled against Marquez in their most recent fight. Pacquiao was counter-punched all night by Marquez, and never seemed to feel comfortable in the ring. Apparently, this had Mayweather ready to fight Pacquiao on May 5th. This would have been the perfect date for these two to meet up. Doesn't look like it will be happening now.

Will Pacquiao and Mayweather fight sometime in 2012?

It's hard to determine whether or not this mega fight that everyone wants to see will take place in 2012. Negotiations have taken place for years, and they always seem to fall apart. If the fight does happen to be made, I could see it happening sometime in the latter part of 2012. It depends on what Pacquiao's camp decides to do. The way Pacquiao's promoter, Bob Arum talked after the Pacquiao/Marquez fight, he seemed to be more interested in a fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez. Regardless of what happens, the world is still anxiously waiting to see these two in the ring. Both of these guys aren't getting any younger, so hopefully it happens sooner than later. Then again it may not happen at all. Thanks for reading.


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    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Hey there my friend hawaiianodysseus. You make some very interesting points regarding how much of the sport is true, and how much of it is marketing and promotion. We all know that Floyd Mayweather Jr intentionally plays the villain in boxing. I personally believe that both camps have been hyping up this fight intentionally by not making it happen already. The problem is that both of these guys are getting older, and the desire for people to see it is fading away slowly.

      I think the middle part of next year is the cut off limit for this fight. If it hasn't happened by then, both of these guys should be ashamed of themselves for not coming together and giving the FANS what they want.

      I also want to say thank you so very much for the awesome words and compliments. They really touch my soul and spirit, and it feels great to know that people like yourself admire my writing. I can't thank you enough for that, and I feel the same way about meeting you as an acquaintance here on Hubpages. Thank you so much sir, and I agree with the analogy at the end of your comment. Much success to you, and continued best wishes.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state


      I saw the Ortiz/Mayweather fight last year, and I resented the cheap shot at the end. But then I had to pull back and sort it all much of the true sport is left, and how much of it is all about hype and marketing?

      A part of me views the drama going on regarding the fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather in similar fashion. How much of it is real, and how much of it is being rigged to pull in what could arguably be the biggest purse in boxing history? And I'm not making light of the domestic abuse charge. That was definitely wrong, and he should be consequenced for that. But all the hype surrounding it and the other related issues...that's the real smoke screen!

      Anyway, what I really want to address is the fact that I am so very impressed with your writing talent--you diligently research your issues and present it to us readers in an easily digestible fashion. Amazing! To have made your acquaintance and have this wonderful opportunity to read your terrific writing are dual blessings for me.

      Congratulations to you, sir, for making a tremendous and positive difference here on HP! Looking forward to reading more of your great work, so keep 'em coming! Unlike Pacquiao and Mayweather, we Hubbers show up punctually and with no agenda other than to spread the joy of excellent writing!

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @j80caldwell, Yes from a historical standpoint a fourth match between Pacquiao and Marquez wouldn't make sense, but in my opinion that third fight was so close like the other two. I don't think Floyd will do the full 90 days either. All of this is still a slap on the wrist for him. Thanks for giving your feedback sir.

    • j80caldwell profile image


      6 years ago

      Great hub prospectboy,

      I don't think a fourth fight b/w Pac and Marquez will prove anything other than the fact that those two just have each other's number; also, historically the third fight was always the rubber match--so it makes no sense to do a fourth match from a historical stand point.

      In regards to a fight with Mayweather,,,conventional wisdom says the fight should happen, but you never know with those two: Floyd's not going do all 90 days in county's too overcrowded. At least I hope not!

    • prospectboy profile imageAUTHOR

      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      @seattleamilehigh1, I agree totally with you sir. The fans deserve to see the best face each other no matter what sport it is. This fight should have been happened years ago. Thanks for your feedback good sir.

    • seattleamilehigh1 profile image


      6 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      I can only hope that these guys fight before the become irrelevant. It's hard to imagine in the sport of boxing that the best hasen't fought the best yet. Seems almost hypocritical for them not to. I don't understand what sorts of egos keep events like these from happening.


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