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Boxing | International

Floyd locked up in single cell



Floyd Mayweather is in jail, wearing standard dark blue prison garb and slippers.

The flamboyant athlete, who is regarded as the best defensive boxer of his generation, was also issued slippers when he began serving a three-month sentence on Friday.

He will be kept apart from the jail's general population of more than 3 000 other inmates, Las Vegas police said.

During his time in the Clark County detention centre, Mayweather will be confined to a cell consisting of a bed, toilet, sink and small desk, with a window to allow direct sunlight into the room, police said in a statement.

He will be allowed two books or magazines in his cell, and up to five religious books, and will be fed three meals a day, starting with breakfast at 4am.

As a protective custody inmate, Mayweather will be kept in his cell while other inmates are on free time.

He will come out for free time for an hour a day while other inmates are on lockdown. During that time, he will have access to a recreation room, police said.

Sapa-AFP reports that Mayweather tweeted a picture of himself and his daughter before surrendering to begin a 90-day jail sentence on Friday.

"Me & my daughter spending precious time together before I leave my family, friends and fans..." Mayweather wrote on the social networking site.

The undefeated American’s sentence for battery had been postponed until June 1 so that he could fight Miguel Cotto on May 5.

He won Cotto's WBA super-welterweight title by winning the fight on points.

His guilty plea, and his no-contest plea to two harassment charges, meant the 35-year-old Mayweather did not go to trial on charges he hit his former girlfriend and threatened two of their children during an argument at her home in September 2010.

HANDCUFFED AND ESCORTED TO JAIL

The Las Vegas Sun reported on Friday that Mayweather, clad in a grey hooded sweatshirt, arrived at court during the morning.

He briefly appeared before judge Melissa Saragosa before he was handcuffed and escorted to jail by Clark County marshals.

Mayweather received a three-day credit off his sentence for time served after his arrest and Saragosa praised him for having already completed 45 hours of his assigned 100 hours of community service.

Sapa-AP reported earlier that the unbeaten, five-division champion was expedted to report to the Las Vegas justice of the peace on Friday.

Saragosa sentenced Mayweather on December 22 after the boxer had pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a domestic battery case involving a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack on the mother of three of his children in September 2010.

Mayweather's lawyers, Karen Winckler and Richard Wright, said they did not plan to seek another postponement or delay.

Mayweather was due to begin his sentence on January 6 but Saragosa agreed at the last minute to let him remain free long enough to fight Cotto on May 5.

Nicknamed "Money", Mayweather earned a guaranteed $32 million (R270 million). Cotto was paid $8 million (R68 million).

Mayweather's stint in the high-rise Clark County detention centre in Las Vegas is expected to limit his ability to train for another fight.

At least for the first week, Mayweather will be segregated for his protection from the other 3 200 inmates, Las Vegas police officer Bill Cassell has said.

He will get one hour of exercise time a day outside his cell.

Saragosa said when she sentenced Mayweather that she was particularly troubled that he threatened and hit ex-girlfriend Josie Harris while their two sons watched.

The boys were ten and eight years old at the time. The older boy ran out a back door to fetch a security guard in the gated community.

However, the judge accepted the plea deal that avoided trial on felony and misdemeanour charges that could have brought Mayweather 34 years in state prison if he had been convicted on all counts.

Mayweather's pending jail term will be capped at 87 days. Saragosa gave him credit for three days previously served.

Mayweather also was ordered to complete a year-long domestic violence counselling programme, 100 hours of community service and pay a $2 500 (R21 250) fine.

It was not clear on Thursday if those requirements had been met.

Harris's lawyer, Charles Kelly, declined to comment on Mayweather's scheduled surrender. Harris and the three children now live in Southern California.



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