Unbeaten boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. walked out of Las Vegas County Detention Center Friday after serving 60 of the 90 days jail term for attacking his former girlfriend and mother of his three children two years ago.
Mayweather was supposed to serve 90 days in jail but he was credited 30 days for good behavior while serving his term. He was admitted last June 1.
Mayweather settled for a plea deal to avoid trial which, if found guilty, could require him to serve up to 34 years in prison.
Before starting his 90-day jail term, he asked the court to allow him to fight on May 5 to honor his previous arrangement with the MGM Grand to stage a fight on the reserved date and to help Las Vegas with the revenue the fight will bring to the local economy.
Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa granted this request but rejected another one to serve the rest of his time under house arrest, citing his need to be in top shape which he could not do while inside his cell.
"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," AP writes.
Mayweather did not give any statement to the media but he was reported to be with his close friend and business partner 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson), a popular rapper and actor in his Bentley car along with some friends.
The 35-year-old fighter and his handlers have yet to announce the next fight after his unanimous decision win over Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.
Before his incarceration, potential foe Manny Pacquiao rejected his $40 million guaranteed offer with no share in the pay-per-view sales, saying it was an embarassing offer.
The highly hyped Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is estimated to generate at least $200 million in gross revenues.
Pacquiao is slated to name his next foe in next few days. His promoter, Bob Arum is flying to Manila over the weekend to present a short list of possible fights which include a rematch with Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto.
Mayweather's name is reportedly not in the shortlist.