The rap mogul faces life in prison following a hit-and-run incident in January
Rumours that boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr will pay rap mogul Suge Knight’s bail fee of $10 million (£6.7m) have been dismissed as untrue.
Knight was recently ordered to stand trial for murder following a hit-and-run incident involving two men in the car park of a Compton fast food restaurant on January 29.
Knight’s defence lawyer Matthew Fletcher commented that Mayweather was expected to cover the bail fee. Speaking outside court to the New York Daily News he explained his team’s hopes that boxer Mayweather would win his fight against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday (May 3).
Fletcher added: “My understanding is that Suge is going to be bailed out this coming week.
“We think Mr Mayweather is going to win the championship and then come champion the day again. They’re good friends, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t. And we believe that will happen.”
However, website TMZ received confirmation from a member of Mayweather’s Money Team that this was not true. He told the website the pair had been close in the past but had not been in contact in several years.
Last week a video was formally released by the court of Suge Knight’s alleged hit-and-run attack. The surveillance camera footage was formally reviewed during a preliminary court hearing on April 17 and officially released shortly after.
Knight will stand trial on one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and one count of hit-and-run following the incident in January. Heavyweight Records co-founder Terry Carter was killed during the supposed attack, while Cle Sloan was badly injured.
If convicted, Knight could be sentenced to life in prison.