Floyd Mayweather may be released from jail and put under house arrest. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
Citing "inhumane" conditions at the Clark County Detention Center in Nevada, Floyd Mayweather's lawyer Richard Wright has filed a motion to have his client released into house arrest, saying that Mayweather's career is being threatened by his time in jail.
What needs to be made clear quickly here is that Mayweather is not doing his time with the general population, a decision made by the jail because of his celebrity status. Instead, he's under lockdown 23 hours per day, housed with felons even though he was only convicted of a misdemeanor.
A physician who examined Mayweather says that he's consuming about one-fifth of his normal calories, giving him a dehydrated appearance and a lack of muscle tone. There are also concerns about Mayweather suffering from depression and anger issues.
In the motion, the doctor "expressed deep concern for Mr. Mayweather's health and explained that any lengthy period of time with an inappropriate diet, coupled with lack of regular exercise, will most likely lead to irreversible damage to Mr. Mayweather's physique," according to the Review-Journal. "Such damage could and, most likely, would lead to Mr. Mayweather being unable to continue his boxing career."
Mayweather surrendered on June 1 to begin his sentence, after pleading guilty in December. The sentence was set for 87 days, and an early release was always expected.
A judge will determine on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. local time in Las Vegas whether or not to release Mayweather into house arrest for the remainder of his sentence.