Floyd Mayweather. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
By USA TODAY Staff and wire reports
LAS VEGAS - Lawyers for Floyd Mayweather Jr. say the undefeated champion boxer may never fight again if he's not released from the Las Vegas jail he entered earlier this month.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Mayweather's lawyers filed an emergency motion Monday asking that he serve the remainder of his three-month jail sentence in house arrest.
Lawyer Richard Wright says Mayweather's health is deteriorating by being confined to his cell 23 hours a day and restricted from working out. Jailers are keeping him from the general inmate population because of his celebrity status.
The motion says the boxer's doctor believes the conditions could do irreversible damage to Mayweather's physique.
Bill Cassell, a spokesman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department that oversees the jail, confirmed the boxer is in administrative segreation, confined to his cell 23 hours a day. The one hour a day he gets is by himself is in a recreation area that does not include training facilities, such as weights.
"He's in adminstrative segreation for his safety and the safety of the other prisoners," Cassell said. "Whether that changes is up to the judge today."
Mayweather was booked June 1 for attacking his ex-girlfriend while two of their children watched.
Contributing: Jim Halley
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
USA TODAY Staff and wire reports