Mayweather faces new charges


LAS VEGAS, September 17 – Fighter Floyd Mayweather jnr was facing new charges on Thursday linked to a domestic dispute in which he had already been charged with felony theft.A complaint filed Thursday by Clark County prosecutors brought the charges against Mayweather to eight, all stemming from allegations that Mayweather hit a former girlfriend, with whom he has three children, while they argued at the woman’s home last week.

According to the complaint, Mayweather threatened to "beat" their children if they tried to call the police and took three cellphones.

Mayweather, 33, is accused of hitting Josie Harris in the early morning of September 9 in the Las Vegas house which Mayweather owns and where Harris lives.

According to the police report, the couple’s 10-year-old son told officers he saw Mayweather hit Harris.

Harris said that Mayweather told the children "he would beat their asses if they left the house or called the police."

If convicted of all the charges against him, Mayweather could face more than 30 years in jail.

Mayweather had already been charged with grand larceny over the alleged theft of a cellphone. He was arrested on that charge and released on bail on September 10, and is due to be arraigned in a Las Vegas court on November 9.

Mayweather was acquitted by a Nevada jury in July 2005 after being accused of hitting and kicking Harris during an quarrel outside a Las Vegas nightclub.

Harris recanted her allegations and testified that she lied to police because she was angry that Mayweather had left her for another woman.

Mayweather is unbeaten in 41 professional fights, his most recent victory coming over Shane Mosley in May.

However, negotiations for a proposed mega-fight between Mayweather and Filipino pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao have repeatedly run aground, and Mayweather provoked this month for a short video posted on the internet in which he denigrated Pacquiao.