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Newz Forum: BOXING: Court date comes before lightweight bout

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posted on Apr, 2 2004 @ 10:02 AM
Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Floyd Mayweather Jr. hasn't had many problems inside the ring. When the gloves are off, it's another story.

The undefeated lightweight champion moves up in weight May 22 to fight DeMarcus Corley in a 140-pound bout that could lead to a lucrative fight with Arturo Gatti.

First, though, he faces a court date in Las Vegas for allegedly hitting the mother of three of his children last December, and also faces a warrant stemming from a bar fight in Michigan.

Through it all, Mayweather remains undaunted.

"Some people say I'm cocky, some people say I'm arrogant, but Floyd Mayweather is the truth. He's the truth," said Mayweather, referring to himself in third person, during a news conference Tuesday.

Mayweather will be making his 140-pound debut against Corley in what is being billed as a 12-round WBC elimination fight in Atlantic City, N.J.

Undefeated in 31 fights, Mayweather will be moving into his third different weight class as a professional. The 1996 Olympian was super featherweight champion from 1998-02, and has held the WBC lightweight belt since winning it in his first attempt against Jose Luis Castillo in April 2002.

A win over Corley likely would result in a matchup against Gatti, but Mayweather may first have to solve some problems outside the ring.

Mayweather will be arraigned April 23 in Las Vegas on the felony domestic battery charge, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.

Last week, an arrest warrant was issued for Mayweather in Grand Rapids, Mich., charging him with misdemeanor assault and battery. He is accused of kicking a bouncer in a bar in his hometown. The warrant won't be executed unless Mayweather re-enters the state.

Corley, 28-2-1 as a professional, enters the fight with less fanfare. The 29-year-old southpaw lost his title in July to Zab Judah, but feels he's still the best fighter in the division.

"This is a comeback fight for me," said Corley, a Washington, D.C., native. "It's the fight of my life. It's do or die."

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