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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 behavior and should be arrested.

A court hearing to review the warrant was scheduled for Tuesday.

Mayweather, 33, faces a 6-month jail sentence and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

Mayweather's lawyer, Karen Winckler, could not immediately be reached for comment yesterday. She has denied wrongdoing on his behalf.

The battery allegation stems from a Nov. 15 confrontation over parking tickets between the undefeated champion and a security guard outside Mayweather's home.

Police allege a "verbally abusive" Mayweather blocked the guard, Shayne Smith, from leaving a cul-de-sac, screamed he had no business "touching his personal property" and repeatedly jabbed his finger into Smith's cheek.


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