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Mayweather misdemeanor trial delayed

LAS VEGAS, February 3, 2011 (AFP) – Unbeaten American boxer Floyd Mayweather’s trial on a misdemeanor battery charge will not begin until at least April 25 after a judge agreed Thursday to postpone the star fighter’s day in court.

Mayweather faces charges of poking a homeowners’ association security guard in the face during a scuffle in November over parking tickets issued to vehicles around Mayweather’s home in a private neighborhood.

Mayweather’s lawyers have denied wrongdoing on behalf of the 33-year-old fighter, who did not attend the hearing.

The case is unrelated to the felony domestic violence case that Mayweather also faces, charges that could bring him 34 years in prison if he is convicted on all counts.

Mayweather faces a March 10 evidence hearing on charges that he struck and threatened former girlfriend Josie Harris, stole her telephone and threatened two of their children in an incident last September.

Boxing fans have been hopeful that Mayweather, 41-0 with 25 knockouts, would fight Filipino star Manny Pacquiao but failed talks last year and Mayweather’s legal woes have put that potential blockbuster bout on hold.

Pacquiao, 52-3 with two draws and 38 knockouts, is set to face 39-year-old US fighter Shane Mosley, 46-6 with one draw and 39 knockouts, on May 7 in Las Vegas. Southpaw “Pac-Man” has won 13 fights in a row over a six-year span.

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