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HBO's 24/7 Mayweather-Ortiz, episode 1
The opening sizzled, inter-cutting interviews with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz. But the ending was the most compelling and surreal four minutes in the history of the 24/7 franchise.
Best spoken line, Floyd Mayweather Jr.: "Who works harder than me? No athlete works harder than me. F--- fighters, no athlete works harder than me. We on 24/7 right now, you tell me one athlete right now that's been dominating the game for 16 years straight without a loss."
Best spoken line, Floyd Mayweather Jr., part 2: "We have so many people on this staff, on this team, I don't even know everyone's name. First and last name.
Memo to entourage and "staff" members, look up the current status of Muhammad Ali's entourage.
Best spoken line, Victor Ortiz: "I wake up every day, kind of like, hey, you know what, this isn't half as bad as my youth was growing up.
Best spoken line, Victor Ortiz, part 2: "When I see and look into Floyd's eyes, I see a kid, that just thinks he's God's gift to earth."
Best supporting cast: Ortiz trainer, Danny Garcia. He stayed with Ortiz despite family turmoil.
Best written passage: Fighting runs in the Mayweather blood. Which means every day at the boxing gym that bares the family name, the rituals completed by the fighter in training are performed innately. In these parts, for this clan, combatancy is the norm, hostility is expected, antagonism is instinctual. It is a way of life that has been passed down for generations and a tradition that continues to endure.
Never has a sequence of words been strung together that epitomizes the Mayweather's as well. It could serve as the epitaph for all three Mayweathers.
The scenic view: Cob web shot on what appeared to be a farm in Garden City, Kansas.
Training days: The Mayweather situps are hard enough. In this episode Floyd does them and recites lines at the same time.
Nice touch by Floyd Jr. crediting his father and uncle for his success. But hold that thought until the end of the blog.
Let's call this fight, blue collar vs. obnoxious excess.
Roger Mayweather's utter lack of respect for Victor Ortiz diminishes Roger as a human being and a former fighter. And as a former fighter, that's precisely why he should know better.
Boxing's unsung heroes. There are many of them and it's so nice to see Bucky Avila recognized.
Early in the episode, Floyd credited his father (Floyd Sr.) and uncle (Roger) for his boxing success. Floyd Sr. had a journeyman's career, losing twice to Marlon Starling and once to Sugar Ray Leonard. Roger was a far more successful fighter, winning world titles in two divisions, but losing high profile bouts to Julio Cesar Chavez (twice) and Pernell Whitaker.
There has always been friction between Floyd Sr. and Jr. The layers of ther father-son relationship always run deep. Throw in millions of dollars, fame, jealousy, pride and a sense of abandonment (from both), and well, it is complex to say the least.
That was all on display in the final four minutes of the show as Floyd Sr. and Jr. verbally attacked each other in scene that could not have been scripted by Hollywood's best writers.
It was surreal. In the pantheon of reality TV, it would have made Snooki blush. It's not even worth describing any more, watch it if you haven't seen it yet.