floyd mayweather getty Floyd Mayweather gets six month reprieve from jail so he can fightFloyd Mayweather Jr. will now have to come up with a better excuse to not fight Manny Pacquiao. A Las Vegas judge ruled Friday (Jan. 6) that the boxer won’t have to begin his sentence on his domestic violence and harassment conviction until June 1, 2012.

The change in plan comes after Mayweather’s attorney asked the judge to delay the date so Mayweather can fight on May 5 against a yet-unnamed opponent.

Following the judge’s ruling, Mayweather’s representative Leonard Ellerbe issued a statement saying, “We are pleased that the judge granted postponement of Floyd’s surrender date so that he can fulfill his commitment to Las Vegas to deliver his promised mega-fight and the economic benefits it provides to the community.”

Mayweather pleaded guilty on Dec. 21 to the charges that he hit his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris and threatened their two children. He received a 90-day sentence which was slated to begin Jan. 6. He must also complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine.

Posted by:David Eckstein