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Monday, April 25, 2011

Trial of Pacquiao's ultimate boxing foe deferred again

The hearing on a misdemeanor battery charge of American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr was postponed to September 1, 2011 by a Court in Las Vegas Justice this past Monday as reported by AFP.

Floyd Mayweather, who has an undefeated record, is Manny Pacquiao’s ultimate opponent for the #1 spot in the sport. But since the postponement happened, Floyd Mayweather can no longer settle who the real number pound-for-pound king this year is.

Floyd is charged after purportedly jabbing a 21-year-old homeowners' association security guard in the face during a disorderly fighting last November 2010 over parking tickets issued to vehicles around Floyd Mayweather's bounded-community home.

Mayweather, 33 years old, will face a $1000 fine and a maximum of 6 months in jail. The former champion was initially set to have the case hearing in February but the date was postponed to Monday. This Monday it was again postponed to a much later date.

Floyd faces additional serious lawbreaking domestic violence charges in a Thursday hearing that started from a dispute with Josie Harris, his former girlfriend and two of their children last September 9, 2010. Mayweather is charged of hitting and frightening ex-girlfriend Josie Harris, stealing her cellular phone and threatening their children.

The proceeding was cancelled to a later date because Floyd Mayweather’s lawyers wanted to have enough time to review all evidence gathered.

Mayweather’s attorneys are convinced that Floyd did not do something wrong and denied all allegations. Once pronounced or proved guilty of the charges, Mayweather will end up in prison for up to 34 years. These include charges of felony counts of grand larceny, coercion and robbery.

The casual boxing fans were hoping that Floyd Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) would fight Congressman Manny Pacquiao later this year. A November date is already set by Arum, for Pacquiao, but there’s no final opponent yet – the list could have been Mayweather, Mosley (if he wins on May 7), Marquez, Berto and Cintron. Now, Floyd Mayweather will out of the picture for a much longer time.

On May 1, Mayweather will be out of the pound-for-pound rankings, a ranking developed by the prestigious Ring Magazine. That day will mark a year after he outclassed “Sugar” Shane Mosley in Las Vegas.

This time it will be Mosley vs Pacquiao to fight inside the squared circle in Las Vegas, after the collapsed negotiations with Mayweather’s camps and due to the legal woes the “Pretty Boy” is facing right now.

Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KO) is seeking the distinction to be the first ever boxer to win against Mosley by stoppage. Shane Mosley (46-1-1, 39 KO), who has a higher KO percentage than Pacquiao, will try to prove his critics wrong by pulling the greatest upset in the history of the sport.

The Pacquiao vs Mosley fight will be on May 7 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here to buy tickets to the upcoming fight.

Mayweather vs Ortiz on September 17, 2011 and Pacquiao vs Marquez on November 12, 2011