Back in September, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. was charged with four felonies and four misdemeanors stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident with the mother of two of his children, Josie Harris, in Las Vegas. Today, the first update to that case in a while has come. TMZ reports that Mayweather, 33, has been hit with a restraining order by a Las Vegas judge, which means he cannot have contact with Harris or their two children for the time being.
Mayweather was arraigned today and pleaded not guilty. The judge set his bail at $31,000, and indicated he did not feel that Mayweather is a flight risk.
Those waiting for Mayweather to announce what he'll do next with his boxing career should probably put the cork in that bottle for the time being. Not only is "Money" busy with legal issues, but his uncle/trainer Roger is also dealing with the justice system right now. His trial, for alleged battery against Melissa St. Vil in 2009, was recently postponed until 2011. Floyd Jr. has never said it point-blank, but he has made indications that he won't fight without Roger in his corner, and getting the two of them in the clear could take a while, if it happens at all. Add in that Mayweather is aging and has shown little steady interest in boxing since 2007, and we may have seen the last of Mayweather in a boxing ring, at least for a good while.
And it probably goes without saying, but those hoping that next week we'll hear all about Mayweather-Pacquiao in 2011 should probably just forget about that. If it happens at this point, it's a minor miracle.