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Floyd Mayweather's Jail Term Suspended So He Can Fight in May

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By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. on January 07, 2012 4:01 AM

A Las Vegas judge has agreed to postpone Floyd Mayweather's jail term so he can train for a fight on Cinco de Mayo. Though he has no opponent, his managers have reserved the MGM Grand Garden Arena and made arrangements for pay-per-view television.

Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail last month after he pleaded guilty to domestic violence. He was accused of violently attacking his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched on.

The judge ordered Mayweather to turn himself over on June 1 instead of immediately, reports the Associated Press. She agreed to the change after hearing arguments from his lawyers.

Mayweather has a contractual obligation to fight, which implicitly includes an obligation to train. Plus, the fight is expected to bring more than $100 million in business to Las Vegas, which the Associated Press claims influenced the judge's decision.

The court's decision is actually not that extraordinary. Courts often postpone sentences for defendants who have prior commitments.

In fact, a Los Angeles judge postponed Lindsay Lohan's sentence for one week in November. She was contractually obligated to pose for Playboy. A judge would do the same for a non-celebrity who had a similar -- but less racy -- obligation.

There is no reason to interfere with a valid contract -- well, unless the defendant is dangerous.

Since you now know that the decision to postpone Floyd Mayweather's jail term is par for the course, we can move onto more important things. Isn't it a bid odd that Lil' Kim and Ray J were in the courtroom while all this went down?

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