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Boxer Mayweather Sought on Warrant

March 11, 2004

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Lightweight boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. missed a court date on a charge of hitting the mother of three of his children, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

The warrant was issued Tuesday after Mayweather failed to appear for an arraignment on a domestic violence charge. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Nancy Oesterle rescheduled the arraignment for Friday, where Mayweather now faces a felony charge.

Clark County prosecutor Alexandra Chrysanthis said Thursday she intends to charge Mayweather with a felony because he has twice before been convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery.

If convicted a third time, Mayweather could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, Chrysanthis said.

Mayweather’s lawyer, Richard Wright, said his client is innocent of the charge and was unaware of the Tuesday court date. Wright said he will ask Oesterle to throw out the warrant.

Las Vegas police were not actively looking for Mayweather, but Sgt. Chuck Pierce said that if officers found Mayweather, he would be arrested.

Lee Samuels, a spokesman for Mayweather’s promoter, Top Rank Inc., said Thursday he was not aware of the criminal cases against Mayweather and could not comment.

Pierce said Mayweather is accused of hitting the woman Dec. 27 at a Las Vegas nightclub.

Mayweather’s next fight is scheduled for May 22 against an undetermined opponent.

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