Floyd Mayweather admitted himself that his 63-day stint in a Las Vegas prison had only served to ‘make him angrier’ and had made him ‘f****d up in the head’ upon his release, but the real effects of his sentence won’t be seen until next month.
Showtime’s revealing documentary with Floyd aired last night in the US at 10pm and ’30 Days in May’ will have set tongues wagging after the fighter continually protested his innocence and lack of remorse after initially pleading guilty to the assault of Josie Harris in 2010.
Mayweather stated that accepting his plea bargain was not an indication that the sentence handed down to him was the correct one, but all in all, the five-weight world champion sucked it up, did his time and is now geared-up to reignite his career.
The much-publicised release of Mayweather August 3 of last year brought a sigh of relief, not only from his own community in Las Vegas, but from the wider boxing fraternity – who welcomed back the pound for pound king and all that he brings to the PPV boxing table.
Still sporting two world title belts at different weights, Mayweather was thrust into the rumour mill of whom he would oppose next and after a smokescreen involving IBF title-holder Devon Alexander, ‘Money’ opted to keep his WBC belt by defending against the mandatory challenger Robert Guerrero.
Many are giving Guerrero a real chance of an upset when ‘The Ghost’ challenges for the 147lb green belt in Las Vegas, and whether that is down to the upsetting of Mayweather’s mind frame and overalll physicality due to his prison time is another argument entirely.
A first loss at the MGM Grand on May 4 for the world’s premiere fighter and there would certainly be something to blame that loss on and there is a case that Guerrero would ultimately not get the credit he would deserve for taking Mayweather’s perfect record.
Something in seeing Mayweather walk out of the prison gate at Clark County tells me that won’t happen and a more invigorated soul is set to emerge from the shadows to declare that he still stands proud on the top of the boxing mountain.
Stopping Guerrero may be the only chance Mayweather has to gain any extra recognition for achieving the feat of doing what he is supposed to do in four weeks time, although just seeing the living legend back in the ring on fight night will be good enough for most….including me.