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Floyd Mayweather

Boxing Officials Want Explanation

Before Issuing License

1/7/2012 5:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Floyd Mayweather
is NOT properly licensed to fight in Nevada on May 5 ... despite having the judge's blessing ... and TMZ has learned state officials are demanding to speak with Floyd in person before they will allow him to fight.

TMZ spoke with Keith Kizer -- Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission -- who tells us all fighters must apply for a license annually ... but fighters with a conviction are sometimes required to plead their case to the commission in person.

Floyd was convicted of beating his baby mama last month ... and Friday, he convinced the judge to delay his jail sentence so he could fight an unnamed opponent at the MGM Grand on May 5.

The next step is to apply for the license, but Kizer tells us it's not uncommon for a fighter to begin the process just a few weeks before their first bout of the year.  We're told Floyd has been flagged for a face-to-face ... if and when he applies.

"The commission looks at experience, integrity, character and skill to determine whether or not it's appropriate to issue a license," Kizer says.

And it ain't a slam dunk either -- the commission is known to REJECT applications  ... most famously denying Mike Tyson in 2002 after he was involved in a brawl at a NYC news conference.

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LAWRENCE    

I hope they don't give him a license for this fight. I don't care how much money it bring into the Las Vegas economy. By the courts allowing him to push off this sentence till June and the potential of the committee allowing him a license it give off the message that they fully support domestic violence. If John Doe punched his wife or girlfriend he would have been serving that sentence yesterday. Furthermore Mike Tyson not only had to cancel one of the biggest fights in history against Evander Holyfield when they were both in their prime. This person is not above the law and I find it horrifying that the courts as well as potentially the boxing commission would want to send that message. Like they say in Monopoly, go directly to jail and do not pass go.

984 days ago
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bob    

i say dont grant him a license unless he fighting pac-man. paqeaul i dont know how to spell his name,

984 days ago
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Bubba    

Oh yeah like they're not going to give him a license - of course they will - they wouldn't dare not to. They're just putting on a show for the public like they really care.

984 days ago
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Truth    

YEA, RIGHT.... LIKE THEY WONT GIVE THE DOUCHE BAG CONVICTED FELON THE LICENSE TO FIGHT PACQUIAO. HIS LAWYER WILL PULL THE SAME SH*T AS HE DID TO THE JUDGE. "OH, MY CLIENT IS DOING 'COUNSELLING' AND 'REHAB' AND ON JUNE 1ST HE'S GOING TO JAIL WHEN HIS CAREER IS OVER AND DONE. PLEASE...PLEASE..PULLEEEZ GIVE HIM THE LAST CHANCE. BTW, IT GIVES $100 MIL TO THE LOCAL VEGAS ECONOMY." KA-CHING$$!! LICENSE GRANTED. #TRUTH!!

984 days ago
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UNLEVINED HARVEY    

integrity and character and mayweather???

984 days ago
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june    

no need for criminal floyd to appear in person for his license he can order his criminal ass-ociates to bribe him the way they bribed the corrupt judge.the criminal floyd is so powerful and very influential he can do anything he wants and commit crime anytime he want to and still laugh loud insulting the corrupt justice system.

984 days ago
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Luis B. Cabasis    

"Attorneys for undefeated American boxer argued in court that his upcoming May 5th showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena against an opponent to be determined at a later date will generate a lot of money for the city of Las Vegas."

It's all about money. MONEY CAN BUY JUSTICE IN THE U.S. of A.? You judge the Judge!

984 days ago
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mebrat24    

Are you kidding, this is all about $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ like they are going to say no.

984 days ago
9.

Carl    

There is no way on Earth they will deny him the license if this fight turns out to be the Pacquiao fight as rumors suggest right now.

984 days ago
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CastingCouch    

When did he set up this supposed fight? After he was convicted to give him more time? If this date was arranged after the conviction and sentencing I say deny! He is just working the system. No word about it before yesterday.

984 days ago
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CastingCouch    

When did he set up this supposed fight? After he was convicted to give him more time? If this date was arranged after the conviction and sentencing I say deny! He is just working the system. No word about it before yesterday.

984 days ago
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ViableV    

Won't pay to see it anyway, BORING FIGHTER, he's crafty but all he does is try to fight defensively like he's afraid to get hit by being aggressive, and I won't pay to see a guy who ducks fights duck getting hit too. I'll watch it on HBO (if nothing else is on).

984 days ago
13.

gabriel    

Paleeez! Give me a break! Its already been renewed, they're just going through the motions. Boxing would be almost finished without Mayweather- unfortuneatley...

984 days ago
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nikki12388    

This is a dam shame celebrities are treated like gold hes a woman beater whay let him fight his liscense should be suspended like mike tyson and to my understanding this is not the first sec or third time hes abused this woman and who knows how many others

984 days ago
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Josh    

It's not even for sure he's a woman beater. I mean it's likely but he accepted a plea deal because there was a possibility of like 30 years in prison if he went to trial and lost. His ex pulled this once before, she said he beat her then when it was court time she said she lied, so who knows. Could be a case of money hungry woman vs rich athlete. Either way, like it really matters, when I watch people box I'm not giving much care to what their personal lives are, I'll leave that kinda stuff to the reality TV kool aid drinkers out there.

984 days ago
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