Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. is wasting away in jail -- so much so, it could cause "irreversible damage" to his physique and his boxing career, his lawyers claim in an emergency motion to get him out.
Mayweather, 35, began a 90-day jail sentence June 1 after he pleaded guilty to beating his ex-girlfriend, a misdemeanor, in 2010. Jail officials are keeping Mayweather isolated from other prisoners for his own protection, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
But when Mayweather's personal physician examined him Friday, he found the boxer's isolation in jail "threatens to end or shorten Mr. Mayweather's boxing career," according to the emergency motion.
Is Floyd Mayweather's jail sentences too much for the boxer to bear?
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is currently confined to his jail cell 23 hours a day, his lawyer told the Review-Journal. Mayweather gets one hour alone in a recreation area, but he cannot use the jails workout facilities.
Compounding Mayweather's alleged deteriorating health is his jailhouse diet, his emergency motion asserts. Mayweather is currently eating fruit, bread, and energy bars from the jail commissary -- a total of less than 800 calories a day -- compared to his usual routine of at least 3,000 calories, according to his doctor.
Mayweather's doctor also noted the boxer's dehydrated appearance, his lack of muscle tone and his dry mucous membranes, the motion says. Such damage could and, most likely, would lead to Mr. Mayweather being unable to continue his boxing career.
Instead of jail, Mayweather's lawyers want him to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest, according to the Review-Journal. Some states allow that for reasons including an inmate's medical condition.
A hearing on Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s emergency motion will likely be heard this week. If the motion is not granted, Mayweather could still be free in as little as two months with good behavior, the Review-Journal reports.
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