If it wasn’t scripted, then it was about as predictable as forecasting that Hurricane Irene was going to bring heavy rain and destructive wind speeds.
I’m talking about the HBO 24/7 Chapter 1 which centered around a nasty exchange of insults between Floyd Mayweather Sr. and his son, Floyd Jr. The show was first aired Saturday night and the “adult content” was certainly delivered.
Which reminds me the best line of the “reality” program was L’il Floyd’s “I’m not no Junior!”
I’ve got no proof that HBO asked or even sugggested that Floyd Pere show up at the Mayweather boxing gymnasium in Las Vegas.
But does anyone with half a cerebellum believe Pops coincidentally showed up on a day that the HBO cameras were there?
The venom flew both ways but the really hurtful lines came from the son. L’il Floyd was more vicious than his Sept. 17 opponent, Vicious Victor Ortiz, as he verbally tore his wayward, ex-convict father apart.
I wonder what the 24 year old Ortiz, also a product of a totally dysfunctional family, thought while watching the Mayweathers go at it.
No one should doubt that the fighter still bears mental scars from his father’s longtime absence in his life. When Mayweather was about 15, the old man went to prison for selling drugs.
But, having said that, L’il Floyd was unfair in his labeling of his father as a “cabdriver” type of boxer in his own career.
Floyd Sr., while not the two time world champion Uncle Roger was, certainly proved himself to be a competent 10 round fighter, good enough to last 10 rounds with the stellar likes of Hall Of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard.
No taxi driver ever did that.
And, while he was verbally kicking his father in the backside, L’il Floyd took another cheap shot, calling Senior “a bum as a trainer.”
That is not true because Floyd Senior’s boxing knowledge is beyond dispute. And he has the teaching skills that a solid trainer needs.
Yes, maybe the Mayweather name helped him at times but the old man was not training, at different points, Oscar de la Hoya, Chad Dawson, Ricky Hatton and Joan Guzman strictly because of his last name.
And it’s not like loyd Sr. had a tryout and failed with Oskie. For eight straight bouts prior to the “Businessman’s Special” between his son and Oscar, Mayweather Sr. was the lead trainer for de la Hoya.
If there is real criticism of Floyd Sr. as a trainer, it would be that he is not versatile and flexible and adopts “a my way or the highway” approach to dealing with some fighters. I also think his boxing mentality is geared strictly toward slick mover type boxers and that he has a disdain for puncher types but so what?
In other words, as a trainer, Floyd Sr. is his own worst enemy. When he demanded $2 million as a fee to train Oskie to “beat” his own flesh and blood, I think that Floyd Sr. was just looking for a way out. I don’t think he wanted to try to defeat his son even if it that was possible.
Big Floyd’s well-chronicled health issues have also stymied him from some training slots.
Finally, it doesn’t even take an educated guess to know that both Floyds knew this kind of a back and forth tirade was bound to jump off with the bright cameras lights present.
L’il Floyd had the audacity to claim he couldn’t be deposed in the Manny Pacquiao defamation lawsuit because he was too busy going out to nightclubs, hyping himself and his next fight.
News flash to L’il Floyd: You go to nightclubs at night, depositions are conducted in daylight hours.
Scripted or just predictable, I will leave to your, dear readers.
But where’s the news value to this?
There really isn’t any because the only headline you could accurately write based upon this incident and their sorry history is hardly a grabber.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER JR. STILL HATES DADDY DEAREST, FOR 17TH YEAR IN A ROW.
Somebody cue up the old Temptations song, “Poppa Was A Rolling Stone…”
I’m hearing Victor Ortiz’s wandering father is demanding equal time.
Dirty laundry for both camps, yeah that’s the ticket.