At a hastily arranged meeting with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Floyd Mayweather Jr has basically stated that most of what he lays on for the Showtime cameras pre-fight is staged.
The 37 year-old was answering questions from regulators regarding his recent ‘All Access’ shows in the run-up to his September 13 fight with Marcos Maidana and was in denial mode from the off in his responses.
Mayweather had been shown in footage, which he as producer of the show had approved, overseeing lengthy sparring sessions without breaks and the widespread use of cannabis at his Las Vegas mansion.
When the NSAC laid down their fears on the 31-minute unbroken spars and example the fighter was setting by allowing drug use to be present whilst cameras were rolling, ‘Money’ stated that the programmes were largely staged to maximise viewing figures.
Mayweather relayed that most of what is seen is just ramped up for television and network purposes and that the fighters participating in the sparring sessions did indeed have breaks. On the drug use, Mayweather also confirmed that nothing untoward went on and that mose of what is seen in the show is falsified.
This admittance is sure to have the bosses at Showtime tearing their hair out as Mayweather has now ripped all credibility from the series and it will be a hard sell for viewers to tune-in to future episodes.
The pound for pound king has just two bouts left until he eventually hangs up his gloves in September 2015, with Showtime holding all rights to Mayweather fights until that end date in twelve months’ time.
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