Mayweather starts serving jail sentence

Posted at 06/01/2012 9:37 PM | Updated as of 06/02/2012 12:06 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Controversial boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set to serve his 3-month jail sentence at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada starting Friday (Saturday in Manila).

Mayweather, seen as Manny Pacquiao’s closest rival in boxing, pleaded guilty to domestic violence charges in relation to his alleged assault on former girlfriend Josie Harris in 2010.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the flamboyant boxer will first report to Judge Melissa Saragosa before being handed over to authorities to begin serving his jail sentence.

Mayweather was supposed to serve his sentence starting January.

But Saragosa agreed to delay the sentence to give way to Mayweather’s bout in May.

Two months
Mayweather’s legal counsel Richard Wright believes the 3-month sentence can be shortened.

He said it can be reduced to "something around two months" if Mayweather displays good behavior.

Wright claimed Mayweather accepted the plea deal so his son, who allegedly witnessed the beatings, won't be forced to testify.

"In the worst-case scenario, he was facing a felony prosecution [that carried a maximum 34-year sentence]. I'm not saying anything of the probabilities, just what he was facing,” said Wright.

“When facing a felony prosecution and a lengthy imprisonment, when an offer of a plea bargain comes that will give you a non-felony and no jail time, well, principle, truth, justice, all of that often goes out the window.”

Time with family
Mayweather, meanwhile, has been spending quality time with his family before heading to jail.

The unbeaten boxer posted a picture of him with his daughter on Twitter.

"Me & my daughter spending precious time together before I leave my family, friends and fans," said his Twitter caption.