Floyd Mayweather Jr: Behind the police report

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Despite spending two months in prison for punching former long-term partner Josie Harris, Floyd Mayweather Jr has wasted no opportunity to deny and downplay the events of September 9, 2010. In fact, boxing's biggest draw tells a very different version of what happened on the night that ultimately led to his incarceration last summer.

Harris has refused to detail the attack until now, choosing instead to relocate with the three children she shares with Mayweather to Valencia, California.

However, after a scene in Showtime's "30 Days In May" – an hour-long documentary used to promote Mayweather's May 4 bout against Robert Guerrero – attempted to rationalize Mayweather's domestic violence conviction, Harris decided to speak out.

What transpired over the course of an extraordinary three-hour conversation was an intriguing look into the complex mindset of one of sports' most divisive characters.

"Did he beat me to a pulp?" said Josie Harris, sitting in her living room in a development in Valencia. "No, but I had bruises on my body and contusions and [a] concussion because the hits were to the back of my head. I believe it was planned to do that … because the bruises don't show …"

Her voice trails off as she produces a doctor's report describing the injuries following her visit to Southern Hills Hospital in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

Throughout the documentary, Mayweather called the charges "over-exaggerated" and "trumped up," while his team of handlers insisted there was no violence and no physical harm inflicted.

"This judicial system is really messed up," said Mayweather's current partner, Shantel "Miss" Jackson, in the documentary. "How can someone who really didn't do anything have to suffer a consequence for something of this magnitude? It really does anger me, because how can a lie get so far?"

The doctor's report tells a different story, of bruising and contusions.

So does Harris' next document, a handwritten statement then 11-year-old Koraun Mayweather gave to police. It was Koraun who, according to his written statement to police, ran for help when he "saw my Dad hit[t]ing" and "kicking my Mom."

Yahoo! Sports reviewed copies of the doctor's report and Koraun's written statements to police. Harris declined to make the copies public. According to her representative, she did not want to distract Mayweather so close to a fight.

The altercation happened when Mayweather returned to Harris' property at 05:00. on September 9. Police had already been summoned following a verbal dispute hours earlier, but Mayweather came back. Harris says she was asleep on the living room couch when she woke up to Mayweather, holding her cell phone, yelling at her about text messages from NBA guard CJ Watson.

Mayweather and Harris were no longer together; the boxer had by then installed Jackson in his home and as his main love interest. But, according to Harris, it was not acceptable to Mayweather for her to see other men while living in a house he owned.

"Are you having sex with CJ?" Mayweather yelled at Harris, according to the arrest report.

"Yes, that is who I am seeing now," she replied.

Mayweather then grabbed her by the hair and punched her in the back of the head "with a closed fist several times," according to the report. He then pulled her off the couch by her hair and twisted her left arm.

Yahoo! Sports reached out to Mayweather for comment via chief advisor, Leonard Ellerbe, and lawyer, Richard Wright. Neither responded.

"All I heard is, 'Who is CJ Watson, CJ Watson the basketball player?' " Harris says. "From there it was just … bad. I was powerless. He was holding me down. I couldn't fight back. The kids were screaming and crying, 'You're hurting my Mom.' "

At one point, Mayweather yelled, "I'm going to kill you and the man you are messing around with," Harris told police. "I'm going to have you both disappear."

According to the arrest report, when Harris screamed for her children to call for help, Mayweather turned to them and warned he would "beat their ass if they left the house and called police."

Mayweather's friend James "P-Reala" McNair accompanied the fighter to Harris' house that night. Koraun told police McNair blocked a stairway, so he ran out a door in the back of the house to get help and alerted the complex's security patrol.

If he hadn't, Harris believes the incident may have ended tragically.

"There is no telling," she says, taking a deep breath and clasping her hands together. "In the heat of the moment you are upset and enraged and you pick up a lamp …

"He could have hit me in the head in the wrong place. … I could have died. He would've been on murder charges. I could've grabbed a knife from the kitchen, stabbed him – anything."

McNair tells a different story.

"The only people who truly know the truth is Floyd and Josie," McNair said in the documentary. "But when I was there, from what I saw, I don't see a reason why he should be jail."

Perhaps the most surprising part is that the relationship between Harris and Mayweather has been rebuilt. While she could barely look at him during custody hearings in the following months and he bristled with blame ahead of his jail time, they have re-established a level of closeness, including, Harris says, one  intimate encounter since his release.

On the evening of this interview, Mayweather's private jet collected Harris and the children at Burbank Airport and flew them to Vegas for a Rihanna concert at the Mandalay Bay.

To Harris, who has nearly completed a book about her 12-year relationship with Mayweather, it remains a love story, albeit a dysfunctional one torn apart when the boxer's gravitation toward celebrity culture became an occasional habit that morphed into a permanent lifestyle.

Like much of Mayweather's life it is complicated, but Harris says contact is more regular and deeper in the lead-up to fights, when he seeks past familiarities to narrow his focus.

Any bitterness no longer lingers. It's been replaced by perspective.

While too much has passed for her and Mayweather to ever live together again, she says they still love each other, that he is a "doting father" and that the children return happy following every visit with him.

"[I'm sure] he feels what he did was wrong, but he still hasn't apologized," Harris said. "I don't know if he thinks I deserved it, [and] if he doesn't need to apologize to the kids because he is the father."

School is out in Valencia and Koraun Mayweather would rather hang with his friends at the skate park than board the private jet sent by his dad.

"Why do we always have to do what he decides?" he complains to his mother. He tries to call his father to ask to be excused from the trip but it is 14:30 and the famously nocturnal Floyd Mayweather is still sleeping, not expected to wake for another hour.

"Your Dad wants to see you and he is being very generous," Josie tells her son. "It is important that we respect that."

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