Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2009 | 11:35 a.m.
Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, was arrested at a Las Vegas apartment in an attack on a female boxer he once trained, authorities said Tuesday.
An aide to Clark County District Attorney David Roger said criminal charges were pending following the Sunday morning arrest of Roger Mayweather.
Mayweather, 48, was arrested on felony coercion and battery-strangulation charges and later freed from the Clark County jail on $13,000 bail, said Detective Ramon Denby, a police department spokesman. A date for an initial court appearance was not immediately available, and it was unclear if Mayweather had a lawyer, police and court officials said.
According to a police report, an officer responding to a disconnected 911 call found Mayweather fighting with a 25-year-old woman at the apartment in northwest Las Vegas.
The woman told police she had been punched in the ribs and hit Mayweather with a lamp during a struggle. She was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken to a Las Vegas hospital for treatment of injuries that included redness around her throat, police said.
Mayweather had injuries on the head and the side of his face. It was not clear if he required medical treatment before he was taken to jail.
The report says Mayweather formerly trained the woman, and had been following her since she severed their business relationship and went to another gym.
It said Mayweather owns the apartment and was upset that his tenant was letting the woman live at the apartment. The tenant was not home at the time of the alleged attack, police said.
A spokesman for Floyd Mayweather Jr. and officials at Golden Boy Promotions, his promoter, declined immediate comment.
Roger Mayweather boxed under the nickname “Black Mamba,” winning 59 of 72 fights, including 35 knockouts and two boxing titles in different weight classes, before becoming his nephew’s trainer.
He made headlines in 2006 when he burst into the ring during a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight against Zab Judah in Las Vegas, sparking a melee that led to fines and the temporary revocation of licenses for Roger Mayweather and others.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., 32, is considered a pound-for-pound boxing king, having won six world boxing championships in five weight classes. He is undefeated in 39 fights, and is scheduled to fight a welterweight bout Sept. 19 against Juan Manuel Marquez.