30 Days in May: Floyd Mayweather jail time effects to play out on May 4
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 10 pm. ’30 Days in May’ will have set tongues wagging after the fighter continually protested his innocence and lack of remorse, 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 correct. But all in all, the five-weight world champion sucked it up. He did his time, and is now geared-up to reignite his career.
The much-publicized release of Mayweather on 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.
They 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 rumor mill of whom he would oppose next. After a smokescreen involving IBF champion 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 the 147lb green belt in Las Vegas.
Whether that is down to the upsetting of Mayweather’s mind frame and overall physicality due to his prison time is another argument entirely.
A first loss at the MGM Grand on May 4 for the world’s premier fighter, and there would certainly be something to blame that loss on. There’s also 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 extra recognition for achieving the feat of doing what he is supposed to do in four weeks. Although just seeing the living legend back in the ring on fight night will be good enough for most….including me.