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Mayweather trades spotlight for jail cell as 90-day sentence begins

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Gregan Wingert

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. arrives outside the Regional Justice Center downtown Friday, June 1, 2012, to begin his 90-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to charges in a September 2010 domestic battery incident.

Updated Friday, June 1, 2012 | 2:33 p.m.

Mayweather 90-Day Sentence

Floyd Mayweather Jr. appears in court at the Regional Justice Center on Friday, June 1, 2012, to start his 90-day jail sentence for domestic battery. Launch slideshow »

Donned in gray sweatpants and cloaked under a matching gray hoodie, champion boxer Floyd Mayweather wasn’t late to the gym Friday morning. Instead, he was on his way to court to report for the start of his 90-day sentence for domestic battery.

Shortly after 10:45 a.m. the 34-year-old stepped out of a white Cadillac Escalade, his neon-green sneakers touching the hot sidewalk. From there, he was ushered by Clark County marshals to the Regional Justice Center.

Mayweather, unbeaten in 43 fights and a five-division champion, is serving a reduced sentenced after pleading guilty to charges in connection with a September 2010 attack against his ex-girlfriend. He originally was scheduled to report to jail in January, but the judge overseeing his case allowed him remain free long enough to participate in the Cinco de Mayo championship fight against Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Cameras crews from behind a partition followed Mayweather and his entourage into the courtroom Friday. Reporters shouted questions asking how he spent his last few hours as a free man and if he had anything he’d like to say to his fans. Mayweather, who has a reputation for enjoying the spotlight and bantering with the media, was silent.

Minutes before 11 a.m., his hoodie was removed from his head as he stood in front of Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa, who listened to the list of community service hours Mayweather had completed. Saragosa then had Mayweather handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom by authorities.

Mayweather was taken to the Clark County Detention Center, 330 S. Casino Center, and booked shortly after 11 a.m., Metro Police said. At the jail, which houses more than 3,000 inmates, he’ll spend his three-month sentence in either a 6-by-10 foot or a 7-by-14 foot cell with a window, bunk bed, toilet, sink and small desk.

Because the boxer is a protective custody inmate, he will serve his sentence in isolation according to police.

“Once we take them into custody they become our responsibility,” said Officer Jose Heranadez, spokesman for the department.

Mayweather was issued inmate clothing and will be served three meals a day. The fare is utilitarian; for example breakfast typically includes fresh fruit, one cup of toasted oats, sausage, hash, 2 percent milk, coffee, bread and margarine, police said.

Mayweather will have access to a television in a common room but not his jail cell, Heranadez said. Mayweather also will be allowed one hour of free time out of his cell each day, police said.

“He has exercising privileges, of course,” Heranadez said. “He’s treated just like everyone else.”

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