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Forecast on Floyd Mayweather's career unclear after jail release

The undefeated fighter is not believed to be on the list for rival Manny Pacquiao's November fight

About 20 family members and friends came to receive Floyd Mayweather Jr on his release from prison in August.
About 20 family members and friends came to receive Floyd Mayweather Jr on his release from prison in August.

LAS VEGAS // Floyd Mayweather's immediate plans were not known as he was released from jail yesterday after serving two months of a three-month sentence in a domestic violence case.

The undefeated boxer walked out of the Clark County Detention Center beneath the glow of street lamps and glare of TV cameras to resume a boxing career that his lawyers and personal physician warned in court documents might be at risk.

They said jail food and water did not meet Mayweather's dietary needs, and lack of exercise space in a cramped cell of fewer than 98 square feet threatened his health and fitness.

Mayweather looked fit as he donned a leather Miami Heat cap, pulled a gray hooded sweatshirt over his head and shared hugs with about 20 family members and friends, including his 12-year-old daughter, Iyanna Mayweather, and his manager, Leonard Ellerbe.

He said nothing to the media as he got behind the wheel of a blue Bentley sedan with several friends inside, including rapper 50 Cent, and drove away.

Mayweather is now a free man, even if his next opponent is not clear.

Promoters for Mayweather's main rival, Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao, are planning a fight on November 10 at Las Vegas, Nevada Athletic Commission executive Keith Kizer said.

Pacquiao's opponent has not been named but Mayweather is believed to be not on the list.

To fight in Las Vegas, Mayweather will need a new licence from the Nevada Athletic Commission, Kizer said. His last licence, for the May 5 bout against Miguel Cotto, was for one fight only.

If Mayweather applies, commission Chairman Raymond Avansino Jr could decide to grant approval administratively or summon Mayweather before the panel for a public hearing, Kizer said.

Mayweather received about 30 days off his 90-day jail sentence for work time and good behaviour. Nevada state law allows inmates to receive up to 10 days off per month for cooperating with jailers and working or being willing to work.

Las Vegas police administer the jail, and a department spokesman said Mayweather was not required to work and did not misbehave behind bars.

The 35 year old had pleaded guilty to the charges of beating up his girlfriend Josie Harris.

* Associated Press