Roger Mayweather, head trainer to nephew Floyd Mayweather Jr, avoided jail earlier today after coming to an agreement with Las Vegas prosecutors that will see him fined, attending domestic violence counseling and taking part in community service for his alleged attack on female boxer Melissa St. Vil. Full details available from the LVRJ
And love him or hate him, Roger being out of jail and seemingly on a relatively even keel for the time being is good news for fight fans. Why?
Although it isn’t a sure sign of anything, Roger staying out of jail makes a ring return for nephew Floyd look all the more likely, and could mean that Mayweather will soon be ready to pick his next opponent if he is still working with the same one year off schedule as he announced after his May bout last year against Shane Mosley.
Preparing for a fight without his trainer of choice wouldn’t have been a major problem for Floyd who has been forced to do so in the past when his uncle’s legal dalliances removed him from the picture. However, potentially heading into the fights that everyone wants to see Mayweather involved in today, against the likes of lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, Floyd would almost certainly want familiarity rather than his second choice.
Secondly it also makes the possibility of a future showdown between present and former pound for pound kings Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather more likely. Roger, as offensive as many fans find him, has been a big supporter of his nephew fighting Pacquiao from day one and undoubtedly offers his advice when the subject within camp Mayweather turns to who his nephew should fight next.
For the time being Pacquiao is otherwise indisposed with his May bout against Shane Mosley, but should he beat the aging Californian, perhaps in a more impressive fashion than Mayweather did, then the time would be ripe for another attempt to put together a fight between the pair.
By that time Floyd’s own legal issues will likely be concluded, probably in a similar fashion to his uncle’s and he will have nothing stopping him from fighting again.
After all, few are that excited about the prospect of Pacquiao again taking on the likes of Miguel Cotto or Antonio Margarito and while a third bout with Juan Manuel Marquez has its supporters, the actual fight probably wouldn’t be that competitive.
Likewise, other than Pacquiao or Martinez, who even for Floyd would be a risky proposition due to his size and power, there are very few opponents that the public would be that excited to see Mayweather take on.
At the very least though, even if, as many allege, Floyd isn’t interested in fighting Pacquiao for whatever reason, Roger Mayweather being free and clear of his legal troubles removes one of the potential obstacles to his nephew returning to the ring in the near future.
And whether he ever fights Pacquiao or not, the sport as a whole is definitely better when Mayweather is in the ring and focused rather than outside it and getting himself into mischief.
Dre Smith, Pitt: “Floyd still heading for prison himself, Roger only got away with it because she was a boxer and she hit him back, Floyd beat up a defenceless woman”
Phil Martin, Philly: “Pac and Floyd should just fight each other twice or three times depending on who wins and then both retire with $100 million in the back each. They are the only decent opponents out there for each other”
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