'There's life after prison for Mayweather'

Posted at 01/05/12 6:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Retired boxing champion Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson said there’s life after prison for unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Johnson, a former 2-division title holder and the first African American flyweight champion, said he can relate to Mayweather’s ordeal.

He served an 11-month sentence in 2000 for an altercation with his then-wife.

"The first thing that I would tell Floyd is to go in there and to stay focused. You only have 90 days. Work out when you can work out. I worked out all the time,” Johnson told RingTV.com.

He said Mayweather needs to prepare himself for his release.

Johnson said focus helped him go on to finish a Hall of Fame career despite prison time.

He retired from boxing in 2006 with a record of 44-5 that included 28 knockouts.

"I think Floyd Mayweather needs to say to himself, 'You know, I think that I can go in there and get this over with, come out and make the biggest fights possible,' you know? Whatever fights that may be," said the former flyweight champion.

Mayweather will begin serving a 90-day prison sentence in the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas on Friday.

The jail sentence is a result of a December 21 guilty plea over domestic battery charges.

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