Unremorseful Roger Mayweather regains license
April 11, 2007 - 9:00 pm
A less-than-repentant Roger Mayweather had to endure a lecture from members of the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday, but the veteran boxing trainer took the tongue-lashing and came away with his second’s license on a unanimous vote.
The 4-0 decision clears the way for Mayweather to work the corner of his nephew, Floyd Mayweather Jr., in his May 5 super welterweight title bout against Oscar De La Hoya at the MGM Grand, a match that probably will be the largest grossing in history.
The commission had revoked Roger Mayweather’s license and fined him $200,000 for entering the ring during the 10th round of an April 8, 2006, fight at the Thomas & Mack Center between his nephew and Zab Judah after Judah had committed two fouls.
Mayweather told the commission that under similar circumstances he wouldn’t enter the ring again. But commissioner John Bailey was concerned that Mayweather understand his actions could have led to a full-scale riot in the audience and said he hoped Mayweather regretted the incident because of the public safety issue it created and not simply because of the financial aspects.
Mayweather kept telling the commission he wouldn’t do it again because of the fine and suspension.
An exasperated Bailey finally asked Mayweather, “Can we trust you to do the right thing?”
Mayweather repeatedly said he wouldn’t enter the ring again. But in response to a question from a reporter after the meeting about whether he was remorseful, Mayweather said no.
“I ain’t gained an inch of remorse,” Mayweather said. “I ain’t supposed to gain no remorse. (Judah) hit my nephew in the (groin) and in the back of the head. Remorse for who? Him?”
Mayweather said Bailey lectured him because he didn’t answer the questions the way Bailey wanted him to.
But Mayweather said he never thought he was in danger of not regaining his license. Commissioner Joe W. Brown said in agreeing to vote in favor of Mayweather that if Mayweather acted similarly in the future he would pursue a lifetime ban.
“I got that message when they tell you they’re going to take away your right to do what you love,” Mayweather said.
The commission appointed Kenny Bayless as referee and chose Jerry Roth, Chuck Giampa and Tommy Kaczmarek as judges for the De La Hoya-Mayweather fight.
Roth, who long has been regarded as one of the sport’s elite judges, will be working a De La Hoya fight for the first time since De La Hoya’s Sept. 18, 1999, fight at Mandalay Bay against Felix Trinidad.
In what remains one of the most controversial bouts in recent history, Roth was one of two judges who scored the bout for Trinidad.
Also, the commission changed the outcome of a Feb. 24 mixed martial arts bout between Nick Diaz and Takanori Gomi at the Thomas & Mack Center to a no decision. Diaz had won the bout via a gogoplata submission but tested positive for the active ingredient in marijuana afterward.
Because the concentration of marijuana was so high — it was 175 nanograms, and the commission considers 50 nanograms positive — chairman Dr. Tony Alamo said he suspected it inoculated Diaz against the power of Gomi’s punches.
“I think perhaps you didn’t feel the punches,” Alamo said.
Diaz was suspended for six months and fined $3,000.