Uncle Roger is free as a bird, some might say a dodo but a bird nonetheless.
Now let me reveal why I’m certain that Nephew L’il Floyd won’t be incarcerated as he returns to court in Las Vegas this Monday morning.
There are many reasons why “Money” Mayweather won’t be going to either the Clark County Jail or to a Nevada state pen such as forlorn Lovelock where #32 Orenthal James Simpson is cooped up.
The main reason may be the same as Mayweather’s self-bestowed nickname, “M-O-N-E-Y,” the new tag he chose after growing tired of his earlier “Pretty Boy” persona.
The Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao Super Bout will be a positive jolt to the battered and bruised Vegas economy.
It will certainly smash the record May, 2007, 2.4 million PPV TV buys derived from Mayweather-De La Hoya which racked up gross DOMESTIC revenue of $134.4 million not to mention overseas rights, delayed showings, etc.
My former Las Vegas Sun sportswriting colleague Jim “Catfish” Hunter is thought to be a native of the gambling mecca but t’ain’t so.
Hunter was actually born or hatched in Bremerton, Wash., up near rainy Seattle, and gesticulated and matriculated as U. of Oregon Duck where he tried but failed to run in the footsteps of the legendary “Pre,” Steve Prefontaine.
Hunter’s been around Vegas for so long he actually has photos of himself, back when he was head flack at the Hilton, wearing Elvis Presley’s fabled on stage jumpsuit. You know, the hunka, hunka of burning funk outfit with all the glitter, jewels and other, as Don King would say, “fabulous doodads.”
You mention “Mister T” and Hunter starts spieling about fight promoter-car dealer-charlatan Tony Trudnich, not the “I pity the fool” character from the “A-Team” show.
Hunter never knew Busy Siegel but he did know Ash Resnick, Jimmy The Greek and Lefty Rosenthal, not to mention Gus Guiffre, GL Vitto and Famous Ron Amos…you get the drift…I never use the phrase “knows where the bodies are buried” around him as I don’t want to meander around the sand and sagebrush with Hunter pointing historical locations.
(Just to mention one Vegas personality who is still breathing, Hunter also knew sports gabber Gary Radnich, now a big star in the Bay Area on KRON-TV.)
Hunter knows Vegas and vice versa and he tells me parts of his metropolis look like it’s 1929.
“It is bad out here,” Hunter said, “the casinos are doing lousy business, so many people are laid off and you’ve got whole shopping strips that are deserted, not to mention all the abandoned houses.”
And, hey, Hunter is an optimist, a the glass is half full kind of guy and a boxing man.
The point is the city fathers cannot afford to have the mercurial Mayweather go to the pokey on this criminal case when he is all but certain to be one half of a sporting event, the Super Bowl of Boxing, which may do $200 million just on PPV TV.
Fast forward to late August and assume two things. One, Pacman has dispatched Sugar Shane Mosley on May 7 and, two, Mayweather doesn’t want to waste time with any silly “tune up” fight. Mayweather has to know that “tune up” can turn into “tune out.”
Let’s say Bob Arum and the Mayweather side get together and The Big One is announced.
Instant sellout. Instant excitement. Instant positive charge for the ailing tourist economy…for nearly every bartender, taxi driver, maid and waitress in all the major hotels.
Not to mention that it might become a major hooker holiday…
In 2010, Las Vegas had one decent boxing attraction, the Mosley-Mayweather bout.
In 2010, Pacquiao’s two bouts were both held, for different reasons, at Jerry Jones’ fancy football playpen in Arlington, Texas.
Arum and others exclaimed a New Age of big stadium boxing.
But neither Jerry Jones or anyone else will outbid Vegas for Mayweather-Pacquiao.
It will land at the MGM Grand, which supplanted the pioneer Caesars Palace, as the real glitzy cathedral of the biggest fights.
Sending Mayweather to the slammer is a lose-lose proposition for everybody.
L’il Floyd’s no jail plea will incorportate community service, anger management/domestic violence classes and a financial penalty.
He will walk on this case because those call the shots in the city, from Mayor Oscar Goodman on down, all know they need Mayweather.
As great as he is, as powerful an attraction as he’s become, nobody is going to fly into Southern Nevada to drink, eat, gamble and otherwise cavort because they want to see Manny shadowboxing.
Floyd Mayweather has Vegas right where he wants it, in a financially vulnerable position like never before.
Who knows, if all the money rolls in even for one three or four day period, the hometown pariah might change his local image.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., hometown hero.
Floyd Mayweather Jr has got Vegas by the wallet, by the casino drop and all vital economic signs are pointing at he and Megamanny to lead a revival party.
Mayweather walks, then Mayweather fights Pacman.
It could happen.
It will happen.
You don’t have to be a member of “MOSS” (Mystic Order, Sons of the Sagerbush) to know this.
But, never forget pal, “MOSS” is boss.
And moolah is boss in Vegas.
(This puffed up peacock bio may have been written by James L. “Codfish” Hunter himself, the man’s modesty knows no bounds…why better half Carla gets last graph mention I will never comprehend as she saved this man from the sorrowful scrap heap of perennial bachelordom in Sin City…
Jim Hunter has worked in event coordination, with emphasis on the professional boxing industry, since 1979.
Hunter’s unique experience in and knowledge of the boxing industry is wide-ranging and includes efforts in the areas of logistics, public relations, promotion, venues, negotiations and television, among other aspects.
Hunter’s boxing clients encompass promoters, managers and venues, and his long-term accounts include Don King Productions, Cedric Kushner Promotions, Sycuan Ringside Promotions and the Las Vegas Hilton. Hunter has been involved with world championship-level boxing events at more than 70 hotel-casinos plus numerous other venues in more than three dozen states and multiple countries.
In addition to boxing Hunter has or has had clients in the fields of sporting events, the gaming resort industry, entertainment, corporate/incentive travel and real estate development. Other noteworthy clients include the City of Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas College of Fine Arts.
Prior to his involvement in boxing, Hunter was an award-winning journalist, writing for the Honolulu Advertiser, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Las Vegas Sun. Hunter was a prolific and successful freelance writer as well and earned bylines in major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. He also contributes or has contributed to The Associated Press, Reuters and Sports Illustrated.
Hunter is married to the manager of nuclear medicine at a Las Vegas hospital.)