And now, all that's left is the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Victor Ortiz. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Anthony Wilson is back for the final recap of Mayweather vs Ortiz 24/7. Enjoy.
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I knew Floyd Mayweather Jr. lived a luxurious lifestyle, but I didn't know he owned a private jet.
He does, though, as we learned in the finale of HBO's "Mayweather/Ortiz 24/7," which debuted Friday night. It is a convenient weapon for him. He uses it to transport from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, where he joins Ortiz on stage for a fight pep rally. Promoter Oscar De La Hoya, one of Mayweather's many nemeses in the sport, is present as well.
"This is old news," Mayweather says, referring to De La Hoya, "I kicked his ass already. He's old news. He's no longer relevant."
After that, Mayweather tapes a late-night appearance with Conan O'Brien. O'Brien is bemused as to what Mayweather is doing there so close to a fight. That's where the private jet comes into play.
"Soon as the show is over, back on the jet, back to Las Vegas, back to training," he explains.
Later that day, Mayweather proves true to his word. He isn't taking his young opponent lightly, but then, he takes no opponent lightly. Mayweather's work ethic is amazing. Of course, his playing habits are just as pronounced - earlier, he capped off a day of training camp with a fun night at a theme park he rented out for friends, family, and employees - but they never take away from . This sounds weird, but it's true: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the consummate professional.
As always, he'll enter the ring in as good of shape as humanly possible. But despite his impeccable preparation, his fiancee, Ms. Jackson (who will be watching her man fight for the sixth time) is still nervous, aware of the inherent unpredictability of the sport.
"Even though Floyd is the best at what he does," she says, "anything can happen. That's what I always hate, just going into ther fight. You never know."
Mayweather, of course, expresses no such anxiety.
"Man, y'all know I don't get nervous," he says. "I don't worry about nothing. He better be worried, not me."
He brags of his long-running excellence.
"What Ortiz has to realize is this: I dish out ass whippings - I don't take them," he explains. "That's why I been dominating this game since he was nine years old. Since he was in elementary, I've been dominating this fight game right here."
Mayweather's father remains a non-factor in his life at the moment; the two still haven't spoken since their infamous and ugly disagreement, shown in the first episode.
"Do I regret it? Absolutely not," he states. "‘Cause life is real. I'm not like Oscar De La Hoya. I'm not hiding. I'm not hiding."
He maintains his position that he'll be fine if he and his father never speak again.
He shows a greater appreciation for his uncle-trainer, Roger.
"When it's all said and done," Mayweather begins, "when my career is over, Roger Mayweather and Floyd Mayweather, we had a chemistry and a bond that will never be able to be broken."
He expresses gratitude for his uncle's presence in his life. He concedes that Roger is aging and "kind of sick," but assures that "he never forgets that boxing."
The high-profile nature of this fight has brought Ortiz a growing following, but the young man is not fazed by the newfound attention. Nor does he seem affected by the unfamiliarity and spectacle of his first big fight week. He's just working; he's a young man readying himself to face the biggest moment of his life.
Mayweather, of course, has been in this situation several times now. He's used to it; he lives on the big stage. Further, he's a born fighter. A man at perpetual ease in the ring and exuding total relaxation regardless of the size of the event.
And he's just confident. He's just genuinely, overwhelmingly confident.
"I believe in my skills, I believe in my talent," he promises. "If no one believes in Floyd Mayweather, I believe in me."
And now, all that's left is the fight.