• Welterweight

Jail term 'threatens Mayweather's career'

ESPN staff
June 12, 2012
Floyd Mayweather Jr began his jail term on June 1 © PA Photos

Floyd Mayweather Jr's lawyers will request that he serves the remainder of his 87-day jail term under house arrest in order to save his career, according to reports.

Mayweather began a sentence for domestic battery, which he is serving at the Clark County Detention Centre in Las Vegas, on June 1.

However, less than two weeks into that spell, Mayweather's representatives are pressing for him to be allowed home, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Mayweather is being held in isolation to protect him from other prisoners.

The emergency motion centres on Dr. Robert Voy's assertion that if Mayweather, the WBC welterweight champion, remains in jail then his decorated boxing career is in jeopardy.

"After examining Mr. Mayweather, Dr. Voy was concerned with Mr. Mayweather's dehydrated appearance, his lack of muscle tone and his dry mucus membranes," the motion said.

"Medical opinion shows that CCDC administrative segregation threatens to end or shorten Mr. Mayweather's boxing career.

"[Dr. Voy] expressed deep concern for Mr. Mayweather's health and explained that any lengthy period of time with an inappropriate diet, coupled with lack of regular exercise, will most likely lead to irreversible damage to Mr. Mayweather's physique."

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