Mayweather Jr.’s uncle/trainer arrested

Roger Mayweather, the uncle and head trainer of unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr., was arrested in Las Vegas on Sunday and charged with strangling a woman.

The arrest puts in question his ability to work in his nephew’s corner for Mayweather Jr.’s Sept. 19 return to boxing in a pay-per-view bout against Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden.

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According to the police report, Melissa St. Vil, 25, a professional boxer whom Mayweather once trained, called 911 at 10:01 a.m. on Sunday and screamed out her address before the phone was disconnected.

When officers arrived, they found Mayweather in the kitchen behind St. Vil with his arms around her. According to the report, St. Vil was coughing and spitting blood and had redness on her throat. Paramedics said they noticed defense wounds to the side of Mayweather’s face and a laceration on the top of his head.

The report said that St. Vil struck Mayweather on the head with a lamp as he was choking her. Paramedics reported to police that a broken lamp they discovered had blood on the inside of the lampshade.

Neither Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer nor Leonard Ellerbe, Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s manager, returned calls seeking comment. Mayweather Jr. was not involved in the incident.

Kevin Iole covers boxing and mixed martial arts for Yahoo! Sports. Send Kevin a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.

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