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Judge orders Mayweather arrest

A Las Vegas judge has issued an outstanding arrest warrant for boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr on a misdemeanor battery complaint alleging he poked a security guard in the face several times.

The warrant issued on December 8 requires Mayweather to turn himself in or face arrest at any time, said Las Vegas police Officer Bill Cassel. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Tony Abbatangelo signed the arrest warrant for Mayweather after a December 8 hearing, then immediately recalled it.

It was reinstated after prosecutors complained Mayweather had received special treatment. Prosecutors also argued that Mayweather has a history of dangerous behaviour and should be arrested. A court hearing to review the warrant was scheduled for Tuesday. Mayweather, 33, faces a a six-month jail sentence and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

He has been the focus of several police investigations in recent months, and made headlines in September with an online video laced with expletives and racial rants against Philippine boxing rival Manny Pacquiao.