The HBO "24/7" series dedicated to the May 5 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Miguel Cotto will begin on April 14 with the first of four episodes on the fight. The premiere episode will be paired with the Brandon Rios vs Yuriorkis Gamboa fight that night.
"‘24/7’ is all about high energy, great drama, revealing characters and unrestricted access," said Ken Hershman of HBO Sports in a press release. "We are grateful to both Floyd and Miguel and their camps that they will allow our cameras to chronicle their journeys to May 5th."
Of course, it's not totally unrestricted access, since Mayweather doesn't allow cameras in the gym while he spars, but hey.
How do you figure this edition of the series turns out? Cotto was great in the two-part version for his fight with Antonio Margarito late last year, but a lot of that was carried by the vile Margarito, too. He has no personal beef with Mayweather. Most people don't think he has a hope of winning this fight. I mean, you take away the grudge, and Miguel is just a good fighter, pretty quiet, pretty reserved, nice guy, but not exactly thrilling TV.
I'm hoping there's a greater focus on trainer Pedro Diaz. That guy seems really interesting from the bits and pieces we got of him last time.
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As for Floyd, look, nothing against him, necessarily, but I feel like we've seen all we can see with him. He's done this "24/7" routine five times now, and after his tirade against his father in episode one last time out, I don't think he can top himself, or that he should try. Maybe we'll get to learn about how focused he is. And if they dance around the fact that he's going to jail a month after the fight, I'm gonna call bullshit. Whether he likes it or not, that's part of this fight's story.