Undefeated Boxing Champion Pays Fine; Set To Serve Prison Sentence Jan. 6

by Joseph G. Lariosa

CHICAGO (jGLi) – A week before he enters prison, American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. settled Friday (Dec. 30) a misdemeanor battery charge filed against him by a security guard he poked in the face in  2010 by paying a $1,000 fine.

Mary Ann Price, spokesperson of the Clark County Court in Las Vegas, Nevada, told this reporter over the phone it was Mayweather’s private defense lawyer, Karen Winckler, who paid the $1,000 fine on behalf of Mayweather, who was not present before Department 3 Judge Janice Marshall, as Mayweather pleaded no contest to the complaint filed by Shane Smiths.

Mayweather was arrested on Dec. 17, 2010. It was reported that on Nov. 15, 2010, Smiths, 21, placed a parking ticket on Mayweather’s cars outside his home in Las Vegas. Mayweather had reportedly verbally abused Smiths while poking his finger in Smiths’ cheek. Smiths said there was redness and swelling under his eye as a result of the incident.

Winckler could not be reached for comment when reached by this reporter.

Meanwhile, Judge Larry R. Hicks of the United States District Court in Las Vegas “denied without prejudice” the $93,743.50 in attorney’s fees demanded by Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao’s lawyers for Mayweather’s refusal to comply with the court order to attend his deposition.

Mayweather is set to start serving his 90-day sentence on Jan. 6, 2012 at 10:45 a.m. at the Clack County Detention Center in Las Vegas as part of the plea bargaining in the felony allegations that he beat up his ex-girlfriend more than a year ago were reduced to one count of battery with domestic violence plea and two counts of harassments.

Mayweather was also sentenced to a 90-day suspended sentence.


Mayweather will be celebrating his 35th birthday under detention on Feb. 24, 2012.

The undefeated boxing champion was also ordered to pay $2,500 fine in felony cases.

Mayweather was originally charged in the case with two counts of coercion (Counts 1,2), one count of robbery (Count 3); one count of grand larceny (Count 4), one count of battery constituting domestic violence (Count 5) and three counts of harassments (Counts 6,7,8) on Sept. 16, 2010, six days after his lawyers posted on Mayweather’s behalf $3,000 cash bail. Mayweather was also ordered to stay away from his girlfriend, Josie Harris, and from their “children (which) would be secondary to California Family Court Temporary Restraining Order.” On Wednesday, Dec. 21, Counts 1-4 and 6 were dismissed. Mayweather was ordered “to stay away from trouble.” For Count 5 (one count of battery constituting domestic violence), defendant Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail suspended; $500 Fine; attend long-term DV (domestic violence) Counseling; 100 hours of community service work; 90 days in jail with 3 days credit time served; Count 7 (Harassment) – $1,000 Fine; and Count 8 (Harassment) – $1,000; all to be taken out of cash bail.


In denying the request for payment of attorney’s fees on Pacquiao’s $5-M defamation suit against Mayweather, Judge Hicks said, “the court has reviewed the documents and pleadings on file in this matter.” He finds that “the present motion for attorney’s fees fails to comply with LR 54-16.”

According to this law, the “motion for attorney’s fees must contain a “reasonable itemization and description of the work performed. In the motion for attorney’s fees, Pacquiao provides a general breakdown that counsel worked 196.9 hours on scheduling Mayweather, Jr.’s deposition and drafting the related motions.

“The court finds that the provided itemization does not fall within the “reasonable itemization” confines of LR 54-16. The local rule contemplates a thorough breakdown of time including identifying the individuals who provided the work, what was being worked on, and the amount of time spent on the particular item. Because Pacquiao has failed to provide such a reasonable itemization, the court shall deny the present motion for attorney’s fees without prejudice. The court notes, however, that time spent drafting a renewed motion for attorney’s fees shall not be recoverable.”

Aside from misdemeanor battery and felony allegations, Mayweather has three other pending cases of negligence filed by Clay Gerling, Anthony Cliff and Quincey Williams at the Clark County Court.

But a previous Associated Press report said Mayweather is facing another charge outside Las Vegas. Among them is his penalty to work a 40-hour community service with the Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity Project under a South Carolina federal judge’s order for dodging a deposition in a music rights lawsuit. Mayweather has yet to serve it.

Mayweather has also been arrested several times since 2002 in battery and violence cases in Las Vegas and in his native town of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He was acquitted by a Nevada jury in July 2005 after being accused of hitting and kicking Harris during an argument outside a Las Vegas nightclub.

He was acquitted again in October of misdemeanor allegations that he threatened two homeowner association security guards during a parking ticket argument.

Mayweather also faces a civil lawsuit in Las Vegas from two men who allege he orchestrated a shooting attack on them outside a skating rink in 2009. Police have never accused Mayweather of firing shots and he has never been criminally charged in the case. (lariosa_jos@sbcglobal.net)

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