Mayweather arrested in Las Vegas amid assault allegations

FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR was arrested at a Las Vegas casino on a misdemeanour battery charge after he allegedly assaulted a security guard at his gated community, authorities said yesterday.

Las Vegas police arrested Mayweather, 33, at a casino on the Las Vegas strip shortly before midnight local time on Thursday, Las Vegas police spokeswoman Barbara Morgan said.

Mayweather was held overnight and released yesterday, said Kathy Banto, executive assistant for Clark County assistant district attorney Chris Owens.

Mayweather, who pounded his way to nine world titles in five weight divisions, is due to appear in court Tuesday at 8am local time, Banto said.

Morgan said the arrest warrant was for an outstanding misdemeanour battery charge, alleging that Mayweather assaulted a security guard at his gated community.

Meanwile Amir Khan has his sights set on a super-fight against Mayweather in 2012 as he continues to win over American audiences.

The WBA light-welterweight champion has boxed twice in the US this year and achieved creditable television figures for last weekend’s fight against Marcos Maidana at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

His thrilling points win over the Argentinian will significantly boost his stock further as he plots a path towards a blockbuster bout with semi-retired pound-for-pound great Mayweather.

Bolton’s Khan, who floored Maidana with a first-round body shot but survived some hairy moments himself, believes last Saturday’s win will only help enhance his credentials.

“I think we’re getting towards that. If I want to fight the likes of Mayweather and other big names out there, then I have to beat the Maidanas and other people who come in the way. These are the fights that are going to take me to the next level and the next level now for me is the elite level, the likes of Mayweather.”

The 2004 Olympic silver medal winner is the first to admit he is not quite ready for Mayweather yet.

“Right now I know I can go into that fight and probably go the distance but maybe fall short because of experience,” he said.

“In another three or four fights, I’ll be ready for Floyd Mayweather. By then the experience, the speed, the power and the maturity will be there.

“We don’t want to make it too early as I want to peak and be in the best condition and if it’s made, I’m the sort to grab it with both hands. I’ll make sure I go into that fight and win.”

After being restricted to two outings in 2010, Khan, 24, wants to fight three times next year. First up is a likely defence of his title in April followed by a unification bout with Devon Alexander or Timothy Bradley, with a move up in weight and a possible clash with Mayweather further down the road.

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