For a man with a large and consistent entourage, it comes as no surprise that five-weight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather did not enjoy his time in solitary confinement.
Mayweather was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to domestic abuse after a physical altercation with his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris.
‘Money’ Mayweather would serve just 60 days during his stint behind bars in 2012.
It has been revealed that Mayweather repeatedly wrote to prison officials requesting a transfer.
"There is [sic] 7 days in a week and I only get five hours out of my cell and that's unfair." Mayweather often complained, as per The Mirror. "This is my third time writing asking to be moved.
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"My mind is not the same. I've lost weight I am stressed out I can't workout and I need some type of exercise."
Ultimately, the boxing champ’s requests fell on deaf ears and he remained in a maximum security prison for his own protection. His punishment was delayed to coincide with his fight against Miguel Cotto over the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend.
Recently released prison documents have since offered an interesting insight into his sentence. Mayweather also complained of a rib injury, claimed not serious by the prison’s doctor.
Consequently, Mayweather threatened to sue the prison and even claimed that he would need surgery upon his release.
He was reported for verbally abusing prison staff. One staff member wrote: "When I approached his cell to see what was his problem, he stated to me that he felt that I, for some reason, had it out for him.
"He told me that he felt I disliked him. I explained to him that I didn't have an opinion of him either way and that I'm trying to ensure that policies are being followed.
"He looked me in the eye and told me that when he gets out of jail, he won't forget me. I then asked him if that was a threat. He said, 'I didn't say I was going to hurt you did I?'"
This resulted in Mayweather being stripped of his hour’s free time. The boxer apparently became quite savvy to prison life, having paid two inmates to watch his back.
Prison records wrote: "Last night while inmate Mayweather #1363917 was out for his scheduled free time he yelled up to inmate [Paul] Lopez #1532142 and said, 'I'm putting $500 on your books, thanks for looking out."
Another investigation revealed that the aforementioned inmate Lopez, who was behind bars on gang-related charges, had received the promised $500 from a third party account whilst another inmate received $200.
The latter inmate, named Nicholas Howard, smiled when asked about the amount he received. "It is what it is."
The strict diet that brought about a professional record of 50-0 was routinely broken by the prison food, and wasn’t to the tastes of Mayweather, unsurprisingly.
"Today, Mayweather was offered a tray and juice for lunch but refused, stating he doesn't eat the food here," read another prison report.
As a result, Mayweather was so distraught by this inconvenience that he requested his release from prison due to the low quality of the food and water on offer.
Subsequently, a judge dismissed this, stating: "It's jail. Where did he think he was going, The Four Seasons?"
Another report claimed that Mayweather shunned prison food in favour of snacks that included Snickers bars, noodles and beef jerky.
Mayweather would have his sentence trimmed by a third, to 60 days, for good behaviour and would be released from prison on August 3, 2012.
Upon Mayweather’s release, his manager Leonard Ellerbe, several family members and rapper 50 Cent were all present.News Now - Sport News