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When Did Floyd Mayweather Go to Jail?

Published 02/25/2023, 12:33 PM EST

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During the last thirty years, no other boxer has had the kind of impact on the sport and the common psyche as Floyd Mayweather Jr. He was born and brought up in a household known for its prowess in boxing. But it wasn’t smooth sailing for young Mayweather Jr. Through grit and determination; he braved varying odds. He soon made a name for himself in the amateur circuits, winning the National Golden Gloves championship in 1993, 1994, and 1996. Finally, he made his country proud by winning a bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

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But it was time to change the track. On October 11, 1996, nineteen-year-old Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought his first professional bout at Nevada’s Texas Station. After that, there was no turning back. Always eager to challenge himself, he would scale up a division, challenge reigning title holders, and, as it happened, add one belt after the other in his kitty. During the two-decades-long journey, fans saw him take on giants such as Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and Manny Pacquiao, among many others. Though he retired in 2015, the desire to close his career with a perfect score forced a return in 2017 to face former UFC champion, Conor McGregor. But, while professionally, he conquered one peak after the other, at a personal level, things weren’t going as smoothly.

Why did Floyd Mayweather Jr. go to jail?


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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Josie Haris reportedly started dating in 1990. Though it lasted for the next fifteen years, it was by no means a volatile relationship. The couple had three kids – two boys, Koraun and Zion Shamaree, and a girl, Jirah.

But before the incident that led to his incarceration, the boxing champion reportedly started displaying a temperamental demeanor in the early 2000s. In 2002, charges of domestic violence and battery were leveled against him. As a result, a two-day house arrest followed, apart from six months suspended sentence and a forty-eight-hour community service requirement.


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In 2004, he received a one-year suspended sentence on account of battery charges against two women. As a result, he was required to attend counseling for “impulse control.” And finally, he had to pick between a $1000 fine or serving the community for 100 hours.

In September 2010, law enforcement authorities issued a lookout notice against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Even though the two were no longer together, Josie Harris accused the world champion boxer of domestic violence. On September 10, placed under arrest, the latter secured a release by paying the $3000 bail bond. Coercion, robbery, and misdemeanor were added to the charges list six days later.

How long was Floyd Mayweather in jail?

Roughly a year later, on December 11, 2011, the law caught up with Floyd Mayweather Jr. by sentencing him to a ninety-days prison term. But the boxing champion managed to strike a deal with the prosecution team. Per the agreement, the latter will drop the ‘felony battery’ charge. First, however, Mayweather Jr. had to accept the ‘misdemeanor battery’ charge. In addition, he entered no plea contest on two counts of ‘misdemeanor harassment,’ concerning threats against his children.

The court ordered Mayweather Jr. to attend community service lasting hundred hours. Additionally, Mayweather was directed to participate in a year-long ‘domestic violence program,’ and a fine of $2500 followed.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. started serving his sentence at the Clark County Detention Center on June 1, 2012. Per an article, the champion’s team seemed unhappy with the prison’s standard of food and water. More so, the constricted space inside his cell of ninety-eight square feet prevented him from exercising and staying fit.

When was Floyd Mayweather released from jail?

Floyd Mayweather Jr. served a jail time of sixty days of the ninety days sentence and came out on Friday, August 3, 2012. According to Nevada state laws, if a prisoner displays good conduct and helps the jail staff with work, he becomes eligible for ‘ten days off’ each month. Hence, the boxing champion merited thirty days’ removal because of his exemplary behavior and work.


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‘The Money’ marked his return to the ring roughly ten months after his release on May 4, 2013. He defended the WBC Welterweight title and won The Ring Welterweight title unanimously over Robert Guerrero at MGM Grand Arena.

Sadly, Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s daughter, Iyanna Mayweather, had her brush with the law. The twenty-two-year-old, born to the boxing legend and his former girlfriend, Melissa Brim, accepted her role in a stabbing case pertaining to 2020. However, per the plea agreement, she is not required to serve time in jail. But it also means that she must refrain from committing any crime or other unlawful activities and maintain good behavior.


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Written by:

Jaideep R Unnithan


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After completing 18 years in the corporate sector, Jaideep decided to make a move out of the comfort zone and follow his heart's calling to becoming a writer. His understanding of Boxing began with Iron Mike's debut as an 18 year old in 1985. Like anyone and everyone else, he holds Muhammad Ali as the greatest, though his personal favorite remains the 'PacMan' Manny Pacquiao for his speed and sheer toughness.
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