Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the most entertaining men, inside or outside of the boxing ring. But it was the humility of Marcos Maidana that saved this episode of Showtime's "All Access."
When it came to the segments on Mayweather, the episode could have easily been called "All Excess."
Mayweather and Maidana fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 3. The bout will be televised by Showtime pay-per-view. Here's more from Showtime's "All Access" episode 1:
Best Spoken Line, Floyd Mayweather: "I want to be the best, not just the best fighter, the best athlete ever. When I leave, I will be known as TBE, and that's 'The Best Ever.'"
Best Spoken Line, Mayweather part 2: "I don't know [his] name, but he knows my name," after getting confused while trying to pronounce Maidana's name.
Best Spoken Line, Marcos Maidana: "I don't really care about fame. I think if the fights weren't televised, or if we had to fight without an audiance, it would be better."
The scenic view: Shots of Sante Fe, Argentina.
Training Days: Mayweather body shots.
Best supporting cast: Amilia Maidana, one day old and she's on television.
Best written line: Nice work by Mark Kriegel on Mayweather. "But after all these years there is one thing he still lacks, that which can't be measured in dollars - a proper antagonist." However, not sure I entirely agree with this. Jose Luis Castillo and Oscar de la Hoya were certainly worthy opponents and so is Manny Pacquiao.
* The black slate opening over Mayweather's voice was very cool.
* Watching Maidana beat Adrien Broner never gets old.
* One of Mayweather's camp members made a derogatory remark about Maidana, but Mayweather shushed him, saying, "No, no, no my opponent is tough."
* One thing that should never be overlooked by all the bluster is that Mayweather is one of the hardest working fighters in boxing and that sentiment was eloquently stated by narrator Barry Pepper, "talent by itself means nothing."
* Incredible timing for "All Access," being in Argentina the day Maidana's daughter was born. Those segments in which the fighter held and talked about his newborn child were the only times in which he smiled.
* Excellent transition from Maidana and his child to the out-of-focus neon stilletto on the Las Vegas strip.
* The line, "promoters, sponsors, members of the fourth estate, they're all his [Mayweather's] subjects," was a bit over the top.
* The entire opening segment was unfortunate. Mayweather flaunted his jewely, cash and exotic cars. All of which viewers have seen before. The cameras followed Mayweather to a luxury car dealership at which he purchased a Ferrari and a Bentley. The narration then explained, "Rare is the odometer that exceeds 2,500 miles."
That scene was followed by Mayweather talking about a breakup with his fiancee, Shantel Jackson, who was a regular on these shows. However, in this episode, she was not even mentioned by name, only referred to as a "this former resident," while showing footage inside Mayweather's home.
That was immediately followed by the an excellent line written by Kriegel, "Floyd may be single, but he's never alone." Then we see Mayweather sitting with three women discussing private body parts. This came off as a thinly veiled dig at his former fiancee. This isn't the first time that Mayweather has used "All Access" to push a personal agenda that had nothing to do with boxing.