Friday August 3rd, 2012

Floyd Mayweather Floyd Mayweather was let out of jail early today and could fight in NYC next. See more photos from his release here. (Isaac Brekken, AP Images)

After just over two months at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather is a free man. Mayweather was granted an early release from the jail today thanks to his work time and good behavior while incarcerated. According to Michael Woods at boxing site The Sweet Science, Mayweather sped away from the jail with rapper and friend 50 Cent. The pairing could foreshadow the location of Mayweather's next fight.

Woods reports that 50 Cent recently received a promoter license in the state of New York, and is set on having his friend Mayweather involved in a marquee comeback fight under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, perhaps with a rematch against Miguel Cotto.

The move would make sense on a number of fronts. Mayweather is thought to be unlikely to fight in Vegas again, given that the state of Nevada is responsible for his stay in jail. Woods also cites an inside source that says New York State would welcome a Mayweather bout, and that chances of getting his boxing license rejected on moral grounds are slim.

It's also possible that Mayweather could rumble across the river. Golden Boy Promotions, which has been responsible for promoting Mayweather's last six bouts, has exclusive fight rights for the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. However, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas remains the most likely site for Mayweather's next bout outside his hometown of Las Vegas. The gargantuan arena resides in a non-tax state and has a greater seating capacity than either NYC venue.

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