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HBO 24/7 Mayweather-Cotto, episode 2

US boxer Floyd Mayweather (L) and WBA Super

US boxer Floyd Mayweather (L) and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico pose during a press conference at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on March 1, 2012. Mayweather and Cotto will meet in a WBA Super Welterweight World Championship fight on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images) (Credit: Getty/ROBYN BECK)

The subtext was a show about two sets of best friends. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and 50 Cent and Miguel Cotto and Bryan Perez. Very different, but very cool.

Best spoken line, Floyd Mayweather Jr.: "I have to take my father with me, because he's going to go all out. His mentality is like mine."

Best spoken line, Roger Mayweather: "It doesn't matter who he got. That guy can't fight for him." In reference to Cotto's trainer. And so true.

Best spoken line, Miguel Cotto: "Everything they can have in life is because of boxing." Cotto on the what the sport brings his wife and children.

Best spoken line, Pedro Diaz. "Know how to do something and do it well. Otherwise, don't get involved."

Training Days: Once again, it's hard to win this category when Mayweather is on but they haven't been showing much of Mayweather's workouts. So we go with Cotto's workout in the park.

Best written line: To contend that boxing is an individual endeavor is to neglect what carries a fighter to the ring.

Best supporting cast: 50 Cent. Who knew he was a homebody? The more he speaks, the better the show gets.

The scenic view: Greenery in Orlando.

Nice work by 50 Cent on the speed bag.

Floyd's spin on Easter, rabbits don't lay eggs. Brilliant.

Yes, slightly weird that Cotto and Perez share a bed.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has made millions of dollars for HBO and HBO has made millions of dollars for Floyd. We get that they are partners in all of this. Floyd has a tremendous platform on 24/7 and Face Off. HBO should have left it at that. Immediately following the second episode of 24/7, the network swung and missed with a half hour segment on just Floyd. He is one of the greatest fighters in any era and he is very entertaining on 24/7. But what they basically did was give Floyd 30 minutes of air time to tell the world why he's right and everyone else is wrong. He's going to jail on a domestic battery charge but somehow he's still right. He's justified in sending a racially-tinged tweet about Knicks guard Jeremy Lin because he speaks his mind. Just because you can speak your mind, doesn't always mean you should.  

Tags: Floyd Mayweather Jr. , Miguel Cotto , HBO , HBO's 24/7

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