SAN DIEGO, August 3, 2012 – Watch out, Las Vegas. Expect some serious party action and shopping sprees in the next few days. Floyd “Money” Mayweather walked out of the Clark County (Nevada) Detention Center in the early morning hours of Friday, August 3.
Never mind the time of day, plenty of TV cameras, media, and fans were there to see Mayweather greeted by his manager Leonard Ellerbe, saying nothing as he got into the drivers seat of a blue Bentley sedan. Several friends including rapper 50 Cent and his 12-year-old daughter Iyanna were on hand.
Mayweather put on a Miami Heat leather cap, and pulled a gray hoodie over it. He hugged family members and friends.
Mayweather served 65 days of a 90-day sentence levied after he pled guilty to one misdemeanor charge and no contest to two harassment charges for his actions in a 2010 domestic violence battery case involving two of his children and their mother. As anticipated, Mayweather was eligible for good-time (behavior) credits and is likely to spend a total of 65 days in custody, with 13 of them already in the rearview mirror. By all accounts, he was a cooperative prisoner.
Mayweather’s attorney attempted to get him out to serve his sentence on house arrest due to being housed in lockdown 23 hours a day by himself because of his notoriety. As a result, Mayweather was reportedly living on a greatly reduced 800 calories a day, becoming dehydrated, and lacked the opportunity for physical activity due to being in protective custody, thus threatening his ongoing career.
Mayweather’s attorneys claimed his emotional state was declining, that he is withdrawing and developing anger issues he can’t burn off through workouts and training. The arguments failed to move the judge, who denied the request.
As predicted, Mayweather immediately took to Twitter, posting an Instagram photo of himself. It didn’t look like he had wasted away in jail. He looked fit and rested. The only surprise was seeing hair on the normally clean shaven Mayweather’s head.
So now that Mayweather is out, what can fans expect? Mayweather’s Twitter account, @floydmayweather, which has shown intermittent action include pleas to send him letters in jail, will continue through the weekend and coming days to feature a flood of photos with meals, new purchases, and groups of Mayweather with his glam girlfriend Shantel Jackson, his rapper pal 50 Cent and other famous folks in their entourage. There will also be a barrage of shout outs and random comments.
What Mayweather should do is hit the gym immediately with uncle Roger Mayweather. The minute he’s in good enough shape to invite the cameras in and start talking about his boxing future, the better.
Talk will inevitably turn to Mayweather’s plans in the ring. 50 Cent has announced formation of a new promotional company, TMT (for The Money Team) Promotions. TMT is reportedly about to sign Cuban boxer Yuriorkis Gamboa and American middleweight Andre Dirrell. Neither has fought in quite some time.
50 Cent may be a high school dropout, but he’s a sharp businessman and knows how to work a deal. Forbes estimates his net worth could be half a billion dollars; he made a mint from his investment and partnership in the privately owned Vitamin Water company, estimated anywhere from $60 million to $400 million, but likely north of $100 million.
As an entertainer, 50 Cent knows how to stage a show, or at least knows the elements needed and the skill sets of people around him to make it happen. Whether TMT will work with Mayweather’s ad-hoc promoters, Golden Boy Promotions, remains to be seen.
Whether this changes the equation in favor of a possible superfight with Manny Pacquiao ever happening, it’s still too big a question mark. But the drumbeat will start up the minute the novelty of Mayweather being out of jail wears off. If anyone can work out a financial arrangement Mayweather will accept to fight Pacquiao, 50 Cent might be the man to do it.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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