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Mayweather domestic abuse cases not off limits on press tour

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor exchange words during a news conference at Staples Center Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. The two will fight in a boxing match in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

With two of the four stops of the press tour for next month’s fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor completed, there wasn’t much that was left undiscussed by the two combatants in Los Angeles and Toronto. However, there is one topic that has not been mentioned by McGregor in the buildup: Mayweather’s past involving domestic abuse. Was the topic declared to be “off limits” to McGregor?

According to Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting, that is not the case, with Mayweather’s manager Leonard Ellerbe telling him that McGregor is not forbidden to bring up Mayweather’s past domestic violence cases during the press tour.

Mayweather has multiple domestic violence incidents in his past, including guilty pleas to two counts of battery domestic violence within a five-month span in 2001 and 2002 and a guilty plea to misdemeanor battery domestic violence in 2011.

In addition to that guilty plea in 2011, Mayweather also pleaded no contest to two counts of harassment, and he was sentenced to 90 days in jail as a result. Mayweather was released from jail after serving 60 days of his sentence. Mayweather also was convicted of two counts of battery in 2003 after getting into an altercation with two women at a Las Vegas nightclub, and he was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

Given the nature of the first two stops on the press tour, the banter between Mayweather and McGregor may only grow in intensity as the fight date gets closer. The two were scheduled to meet the press in Brooklyn on Thursday, with the final stop on the tour set for Friday in London.

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