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HBO announces 24/7 Mayweather-Ortiz

Floyd Mayweather Jr.s five-years-too-late bout with Manny Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather Jr.s five-years-too-late bout with Manny Pacquiao was worth a record $500 million in revenue because of the wait, but the bout would have been better in 2010 when both were in their prime. Theres no denying the brilliant defensive skills of Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs), but the self-titled TBE (The Best Ever) is one-dimensional compared to Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, etc. Photo Credit: Getty Images

He's back. Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s return to the ring also signals his return to HBO's 24/7 series. Love him or hate him, Floyd has been one of the most compelling athletes featured in the series.

Here's a video of HBO's Ross Greenburg talking about the potential of a Mayweather-Ortiz series.

Here's the official press release from HBO:

NEW YORK, June 28, 2011 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 14 Sports Emmy® Awards, returns in August for its tenth boxing installment with 24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ, an all-new four-episode, all-access series, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports.  Debuting SATURDAY, AUG. 27 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), the series will follow two elite fighters in one of boxing’s most competitive divisions as they prepare for their intriguing pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 17.

        “ ‘24/7’ excels when there are great characters and compelling drama, and this fight has both,” noted Greenburg.  “The return of Floyd Mayweather, with his larger-than-life personality, and the odyssey of Victor Ortiz, with his inspiring tale of perseverance and achievement, provide the perfect backdrop for this new edition of ‘24/7.’ ”

        Episodes two and three of 24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ debut on subsequent Saturdays – Sept. 3 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) and 10 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) – while the finale debuts Friday, Sept. 16 (9:00-9:30 p.m.), the night before the high-stakes welterweight bout.  All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand® and HBO GO.

        24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access, along with in-depth interviews, as the fighters prepare for their 147-pound world title fight.  A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., the talented and opinionated Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) has evolved into a celebrated superstar, and now resides in Las Vegas.  Kansas native Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) survived a turbulent upbringing and currently lives in Oxnard, Cal.  He shocked the boxing world with a win over the previously undefeated Andre Berto on HBO last April, claiming a 147-pound title.

        This fast-paced series will capture the interactions and rigors both men experience in preparing for their contest.  Making his fifth “24/7” appearance, Mayweather is expected to surround himself with a familiar contingent of family and friends as he trains with trusted longtime trainer and uncle Roger Mayweather.  Ortiz is making his “24/7” debut.

        24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ is the latest installment of the acclaimed “24/7” franchise that began in 2007.  At the 2011 Sports Emmy® Awards, “24/7” was recognized with two Emmys® for production excellence and is the most honored sports series on television over the past four years, earning 14 Sports Emmys®.

        The St. Petersburg Times has noted, “The best sports reality show on television is HBO’s ‘24/7.’ ”

        On Saturday, Sept. 17 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/6:00 p.m. (PT), HBO Pay-Per-View presents “Mayweather vs. Ortiz,” live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

        The executive producers of 24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ are Ross Greenburg and Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producers, Scott Boggins and Bentley Weiner; producer, Abtin Motia; writer, Aaron Cohen.  Liev Schreiber narrates.
 

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