At the beginning of The Godfather, Bonasera (the undertaker) starts the film with this piece of dialogue “I believe in America. America has made my fortune”. These words could be applied to a lot of individuals in the US, but probably none more so than Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
“Money” successfully defended his world title against Robert Guerrero on 4 May 2013 in Sin City aka Las Vegas. However, before the pay-per-view fight aired there was an utterly hilarious Showtime Sports “documentary” that was shown in the weeks prior to the fight.
In the good old days, one simply had to make do with the media interviews and the obligatory pre-match press conferences with the standard fighter stare down, and hopefully a taste of the fight with some handbags at the weigh in. Nowadays we live in the age of “reality” television with superstars like the Kardashian family, Mike “the Situation” and the Jersey Shore Family and the gang from The Only Way is Essex etcetera etcetera. So, it would only be natural for boxing to go the same route.
The cameras follow the contrasting lifestyles and pre-fight preparations of Mayweather and Guerrero respectively.
Somewhat do we learn at the end of this captivating series?
1. Speak in the 3rd person.
Famous and egotistical people speak about themselves in the third person. Floyd speaks about Floyd….often like this:
“Money is the hardest working athlete in professional sports”
“Floyd didn’t get here by sitting back – he had to work hard to get the success”
2. Be generous
When you have a lot of money, you can afford to be magnanimous. When ordering some take aways in his home town of Grand Rapids, Floyd hands the till assistant $100 and also gives the “two guys cooking in the back” another $100 each.
What a guy. We hope he is equally generous with no camera coverage.
3. Going to jail makes you introspective
Mayweather touches on the 64 days he spent in jail and how it has made him evaluate his life differently.
4. Members of your entourage will say nice things about you
Surprisingly enough, all of the members of The Money Team have only good things to say about Floyd.
Similar to being in great mates with the Gupta family in South Africa, I would also be extremely grateful to be one of the members of The Money Team.
5. Standard etiquette does not apply
Mayweather turns up three hours late for the filming of a TV spot with Guerrero, but he does apologise when he does turn up.
“I apologise for being late. I know that’s not cool. Will I be on time for the next one? I can’t promise that for sure…..”
Yeah so, apologies mean very little at the end of the day.
At the end of the three episodes we don’t really learn much that might dispel the stereotype of the rich boxer. What was surprising to learn, for me at least, was how dedicated Mayweather is to his craft. I guess you don’t get to be the best by cruising through life and this is evident with Mayweather’s professional approach and the amount of training he puts in prior to the fight.
Or to quote the man himself “No athlete works harder than Floyd Mayweather”.
Floyd Myweather. He makes me want to move to America.