By Rick Reeno
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26KOs) is not pleased with the recent 24/7 series for his upcoming fight with WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30KOs). Unless you've been hiding in a closet, 24/7 is a reality television series, created by HBO, that follows athletes for a period of weeks as they prepare for a major sporting event. Each series of the show is generally three to four episodes, and is narrated by Liev Schreiber.
Mayweather generates the highest television ratings of the 24/7 series. However, Mayweather's fans have openly expressed their frustration with his last 24/7 series, which hyped last September's fight with Victor Ortiz, and there is further disappointment with the ongoing 24/7 series to promote this Saturday's fight with Cotto - taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The fans are not alone. Mayweather himself is disappointed with the ongoing 24/7 series. He wants to try new things with the show and provides Bentley Weiner, Director & Coordinating Producer at HBO, with fresh material - but he claims Weiner and the others behind the 24/7 series are more interested in having him rehash the same material.
"I think they show what they want to show. I sit down with 24/7, the lady Bentley of HBO. I sit down with her. I give her an interview for two hours. She tells me that she basically don't like the interview that I gave her, for two hours. I ask her 'what's the matter with the interview?' She says 'that's not what we want. We need animated Floyd. We need wild, over the top, bad language, wild.' That's what she wants. That's what they want. They feel like, that is entertainment. So, I'll give them what they want," Mayweather said.