The third episode of Mayweather vs Ortiz 24/7 premieres tonight at 10 p.m. EDT on HBO, leading into the live fight at 10:30 between Yuriorkis Gamboa and Daniel Ponce de Leon. We'll be here with live discussion of the show.
What started off as a seemingly innocent debate between father and son over a couple of female fighters soon turns into an all-out shouting match, with Junior lobbing hurtful diatribes at Senior. Floyd denounces his father as both a former fighter and a trainer, exalting Roger at his expense and denying his father credit for the role he played in his development as a puglist (despite acknowledging it at the beginning of the show). Junior orders Senior from the gym, the two exchange expletives and even have to be separated.
At the conclusion of the verbal war, Mayweather continues to spout off in anger in the locker room, further disparaging his father, who has exited the building. As many members of his entourage look on, Floyd caps off the episode with a final heavy blow.
"And motherf-----, I'm not no Jr.!"
And the next week:
"Sh-is f----- up in the boxing world," he begins. "My daddy jealous of me and Roger's relationship. My daddy's always been jealous because he wasn't s--- as a fighter. De La Hoya wearing drag, doing coke. Motherf----- Ortiz looking like a Victoria Secret model. What the f--- is going on?"
Yes, Mayweather is now grouping his father with the rivals/fighters he assaults with his verbal low blows. Needless to say, that's terrible.
But earlier we see Mayweather summon his crew at midnight for one of his trademark after-hour workouts. It's his third workout of the day; Mayweather calls them "three-a-days." The session begins at 1 a.m. and ends an hour-and-a-half later.
One considers these two scenes and ponders to himself, "Doesn't this all just encapsulate who Floyd Mayweather Jr. is?" A God-made fighter with maniacal training habits and a screwed-up psyche?
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