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Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. buying popular skating rink; scene of shooting involving Mayweather in 2009

Posted at 8:12 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 14:31:43-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Boxing champion and Las Vegas resident Floyd Mayweather is reportedly planning to buy the Crystal Palace roller skating property on Boulder Highway.

Mayweather is no stranger to the popular skating rink that was established in 1986 and is listed for $4.5 million.

The skating rink was the scene of a shooting involving Mayweather and one of his associates in 2009.

According to media reports, Mayweather argued with a man named Quincey Williams inside the Crystal Palace Skating Rink on Aug. 23, 2009. The incident reportedly started over a text message Williams sent Mayweather about his upcoming fight. Williams told Mayweather that he hoped he would lose.

After having words with Mayweather, who was at the skating rink with his children, Williams and his friend Damien Bland were sitting inside a car outside of the rink when Ocie Harris opened fire on their vehicle.

The men were not injured in the shooting but multiple bullet holes were found in the car.

Harris was arrested several weeks after the shooting in Chicago and extradited to Las Vegas.

Despite some claims that Mayweather was outside the rink at the time of the shooting, authorities never filed any charges against Mayweather.

Mayweather denied being outside or having any knowledge of the incident. He also denied knowing Harris although records and surveillance video found during a search of Mayweather’s residence shortly after the shooting established their relationship.

A lawsuit, which was later dismissed, was filed against Mayweather in August 2011 in connection to the shooting.

The lawsuit accused Mayweather, Harris and others of threatening Williams and Bland since the shooting at the skating rink.

Williams claimed immediately after the shooting that he believed Mayweather had ordered Harris to shoot him.

He also accused Mayweather of trying to force his vehicles off the road in November 2010 and the lawsuit claimed that Williams and Bland had been living in fear of their lives since the shooting.

Williams reportedly met Mayweather after his success in the 1996 Olympics. Williams later worked for Mayweather but their relationship soured at some point.

Harris pleaded no contest in April 2012 to two charges of assault with a deadly weapon and one charge of firing a weapon into a vehicle. He was sentenced in 2012 to 2 to 5 years for shooting at the two men.

13 Action News spoke with the Las Vegas real estate agent, Tanasha Pettigrew, who says she is assisting Mayweather with the purchase of the rink. She would not say how much Mayweather is paying, but she said that he is purchasing the property because he was "interested in giving something back to the community and spread some happiness during these COVID times."

Mayweather lives in a $10 million mansion in Las Vegas and owns several properties and businesses in Las Vegas, including a strip club.