Floyd Mayweather in Gervonta Davis contract dilemma with possible jail
Floyd Mayweather has a huge dilemma with his most prominent Pay Per View star, Gervonta Davis, who faces jail time in 2022.
Davis has one more fight with Mayweather Promotions when he takes on Rolando Romero on May 28. Win or lose, Mayweather must decide soon whether to renew his contract – if Davis wishes.
However, the rejection of a jail sentence plea deal stemming from an alleged hit-and-run will run until September.
“Tank” will go to trial to prove his innocence in this case, which could prove problematic under the circumstances by the sounds of it.
Prosecutors are undoubtedly optimistic about a jail sentence in the case, leaving a big question mark over Davis’ future in boxing.
By law, Davis faces seven years or more if convicted. At 27, it would be disastrous for his career.
There’s no doubt that Mayweather and Davis are close friends and would ideally like to work together moving forward, but a lot depends on the legal situation.
Another key has been thrown into the works with reports that a September trial date does not mean the end of court drama. Davis has another court appearance on separate battery charges to deal with on May 18.
This date comes just ten days before the Romero PPV event.
THE FAITH OF FLOYD MAYWEATHER
If Mayweather wants to trust Davis, now might be the best time to do so. Their renewed partnership may also demonstrate Mayweather’s commitment to Davis as a person and a fighter.
The lightweight could have another tryout date after his first in the fall, an unfathomable event for a world champion trying to build a legacy.
If convicted and sentenced for hit-and-run, Davis would be at least 32 when eligible for release. Another guilty verdict for the battery charges could end his career.
For someone considered Floyd Mayweather’s natural successor as the top pound-for-pound Pay Per View star in the industry, this could be a dramatic fall from grace for the three-weight rule.
The opinions expressed in this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.
Phil, editor of WBN, has over ten years experience in boxing news. Follow WBN on Twitter @WorldBoxingNews.