This show should be retitled, “Inside Mayweather”, but that might be lewd.
If you’re okay with the idea that Showtime (who has an exclusive contract with Mayweather) is in the business of promoting Mayweather and making him look like the biggest star in the stratosphere, this episode isn’t a bad one. But if you would like to see more on the actual build-up and story of the biggest fight in many, many years, you’re not going to get that here.
The episode shows Mayweather training (of course), but also shows his very first pro fight. They talk about him living with his future manager Don Hale because his father was in jail and his uncle Roger couldn’t take care of him. Floyd says Hale and his wife took great care of him and it motivated him to succeed because of Hale’s success.
The episode also focuses on one of Floyd’s trainers, Nate Jones, who was a bronze medalist at the same 1996 Olympic Games that Floyd was. Floyd brought in Jones like he was family and has taken care of him and Jones is very grateful.
We’re in the stretch run here and while this fight is definitely selling itself, I’m a bit disappointed with Showtime’s output when it comes to building up the fight.