Boxer Mayweather In Obama's Corner

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's black supporters in Nevada include a superstar: a boxer who won the biggest title fight in recent history, a flamboyant personality who's been on "Dancing With the Stars."

But Floyd Mayweather Jr. also is a convicted batterer with a history of arrests in Las Vegas and elsewhere.

In 2004, Mayweather was convicted on two counts of battery for punching two women at a Las Vegas nightclub the previous year.

He was given suspended prison sentences, $1,000 in fines and ordered to complete impulse control counseling.

Mayweather in 2002 pleaded guilty to two counts of domestic violence in one case and battery in another. In 2005, a jury acquitted him of a third domestic violence charge, a felony, after his accuser changed her story.

An Obama spokeswoman said Mayweather has paid for what his mistakes.

Shannon Gilson adds that the list of Obama's black supporters in Nevada isn't about Mayweather but about growing grass-roots support for Obama.


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