Floyd Mayweather is heading to jail after pleading guilty Wednesday in Las Vegas Justice Court to misdemeanor battery domestic violence and harassment charges.
Mayweather was sentenced to six months in Clark County jail, but three months of the sentence was suspended. He must surrender to authorities on Jan. 6, 2012.
The 34-year-old boxer had agreed to a plea deal to avoid trial on felony allegations that he battered his three children and their mother, Josie Harris. He must also pay a $2,500 fine, complete 100 hours of community service in addition to a 12-month domestic-violence counseling class.
“One unique aspect of this case that I think is different than many others that I see on a regular basis is the extent to which this happened in front of children old enough to understand what’s happening,” Judge Melissa Saragosa told Mayweather immediately before handing down the sentence. “These were not infants. These were children in the report listed as 11 and 9 years old.”
Mayweather, who is currently No. 1 in SI.com’s pound-for-pound ratings, had been tentatively scheduled to fight on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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