Las Vegas police charged Floyd Mayweather, Sr. with misdemeanor battery earlier this month. TMZ broke the news and the bizarre string of events leading to the charge.
Here’s what went down.
Floyd Mayweather, Sr., started arguing with a woman after watching the Alvarez/Golovkin fight in September. The woman got into Mayweather’s car at some point. As the fight progressed, he yelled at her to get out of his car.
When she didn’t, he allegedly dragged her out of the car by her feet and punched her in the leg. Inquisitr reports that the woman went to the hospital for minor injuries.
As you can imagine, Mayweather says this 100% did not happen. He says the woman is mad because her attempts to extort the legendary boxing coach failed.
How much jail time could Mayweather get?
Floyd Mayweather, Sr. faces up to 6 months in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony battery?
Each state writes its own criminal law. So to know the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony battery, in this case, we need to look at Nevada law.
Nevada Revised Statute 200.481(2)(a) defines a misdemeanor battery for us. This statute applies if the defendant did not use a deadly weapon or cause “substantial bodily harm.”
The state can charge a defendant with a felony if it can show that a defendant used a deadly weapon, tried to strangle the victim, caused substantial bodily harm, or committed child abuse.
Nevada also permits judges to hand out a different length sentence depending on which type of battery is committed. For example, battery with a deadly weapon is a class b felony. If the victim endures substantial bodily harm, the allowable jail time is between 2 and 15 years. However, if the victim walks away without substantial bodily harm, the defendant only faces 2 to 10 years in jail (and maybe a fine).
Not likely that Floyd Mayweather, Sr. will face felony charges
Even though the woman may have ended up in the hospital, it is not likely that the prosecutor will charge him with a felony. Nevada interprets “substantial bodily harm” to mean harm that creates a substantial risk of death, permanent disfigurement, or prolonged physical pain.
Unless facts emerge that indicate the mystery woman needed a prolonged hospital stay, multiple surgeries, and/or almost died, I think it’s safe to say that a felony charge is off the table.