Warren Buffet makes an amusing cameo in the second installment of the Showtime All Access documercial, which debuts Saturday, and I dare say that is reason enough for me to recommend you set the DVR to record. If that’s not enough, Mayweather requesting rolling papers to roll a doobie should be enough for the rest of you…
We first see “Money” running like a madman, off the Las Vegas strip, his legs and his mouth going with equal zest. A gal pal bikes with him, as a Lionel Richie song, “All Night Long,” blares on the soundtrack.
He admits that he used to frequently party his tail off, hit the strip clubs, but says he still made time for training. “I’m so tough, I’m so tough,” he declares, and then rides off on a bike. “I’m Floyd, I’m Floyd.” OK, as a character study, he’s no Muhammad Ali.
Next, we see eggs frying up in a pan and Marcos Maidana chowing egg whites. Maidana does sprints, and we hear that his conditioning will be better for this fight than in the May scrap. In Oxnard, CA, a true boxing town, we see Eduardo Garcia, dad of Robert Garcia, and hear how the Garcia crew had boxing in their blood for decades. Mikey, the youngest, is seen sparring with Maidana. “Do it faster, with control,” Eduardo instructs Chino. Sparring at the Mayweather Boxing Club is less an opportunity for instruction, it appears, and more so a testing ground, where the toughest dog is the one that leaves the ring with fewer nicks than the foe. “The Dog House” is a breeding ground, for confidence, and for some, lack thereof, and a faster exit from the sport’s rigors.
A prospect from England and the offspring of Hasim Rahman show viewers the vicious ways of the DH. The atmosphere is more charged, and the crowd more vibrant, than most professional events you will see. One 31 minute round is examined, in a segment that may be the hi-light of episode.
Then, we see Maidana’s bro getting it done on a pro card, raising his record to 2-0. Then, Chino fields question from the press. He draws laughs when he says, “Maybe I’m just a dirty fighter.” I confess, I like how he interacts wit the media. No false bravado, a minimum of obfuscation and deflection. I count myself a fan of his personality.
Chino bids adieu to the wife and newborn duty, and we note that this scenario isn’t like that of a guy taking off for a business trip. No; a fighter sometimes doesn’t come back…
Floyd flashes a fancy car, next, and speaks about his love for money. He’s the highest paid athlete in the world, but that pales in comparison to Warren Buffet, the 83-year-old Oracle of Omaha, the best known stock market expert in the world. Floyd grills him on his deal in process with Burger King and Tim Horton’s, and invites him to watch Money kick some tail. Buffet has never been to a training session, and Floyd says he will get business tips from the Oracle. Note: the Buffet footage is extremely entertaining, and check out how pleased Buffet is when some sparring blood gets on his shirt. No taping is allowed of Floyd sparring, but Buffet gets to check out the man who calls himself TBE.
Then, some of Floyd’s gals puff doobies, or whatever you call them now. None for the champ. He just likes to watch, and maybe act as an aid. “Who gon’ let me roll a joint?” Mayweather asks, before being told they ran out of papers. He sends a lackey to the gas station to get some polling paper…or whatever you kids call ’em today.
No such hijinks as the Garcias dissect the first Money-Maidana scrap. “Chino has to keep him busy and not let him think,” Eduardo states. Mikey comments that Chino gets so low, it makes him hard to hit. Volume is the prime strategy this time, says Robert Garcia, and I am wondering if he can be better conditioned, and in fact, be just as effective as in the May tussle.
“This time I hope to hurt him,” says Maidana, after noting he didn’t buzz Floyd last time.
Next, Floyd talks about his prospects, in action last Saturday. The J’Leon Love KO loss is examined. “He’s one fight away from a title fight,” Mayweather says, and then we see Money wince, as J’Leon gets hammered out. “It’s a learning process, (stuff) happens, it can happen to anyone, it’s a learning process,” Floyd tells the loser in the ring.
“Was this a reminder,” of the possibilities, “or an omen?”
Solid ep, friends. The writing, the overall craftsmanship on this show has been upped considerably.
Worth your time, I say. It unspools this Saturday at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, immediately prior to the Broner vs. Taylor card on Showtime.
Note: Alex Ariza’s flirtation with team Mayweather will be touched on in the third ep.