WBC welterweight titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be profiled in HBO’s debut feature, “Floyd Mayweather: Speaking Out” starting Saturday, April 21 in advance of his HBO Pay Per Per View clash with WBA 154-pound beltholder Miguel Cotto on May 5 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The program will be hosted by acclaimed author and academic, Michael Eric Dyson, as Mayweather (42-0, 26 knockouts) pursues his eighth title belt over five weight divisions against Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs).
The 30-minute show will begin at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, and air during multiple times that are listed below.
Other HBO playdates are April 23 (8:15 a.m., 7:00 p.m.); April 25 (8:30 p.m., 2:15 a.m.); April 28 (10:30 a.m., 1:00 a.m.); April 29 (8:30 a.m.); and April 30 (11:30 p.m.). The show will also be shown on May 1 (12:30 a.m.), and May 3 (2:00 p.m., 12:45 a.m.)
On HBO2, the program will air on April 26 (5:15 p.m.) and April 29 (12:25 a.m.); as well as May 2 (5:45 p.m.); May 4 (11:00 a.m.); and May 5 (4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT). The special will also be available on HBO On Demand and HBO GO.
MAYWEATHER TRAINING BLOG
The following is a blog of Mayweather’s camp notes answering questions about his workouts. It was taken from a press release distributed by Golden Boy Promotions, the lead promoter of the HBO Pay Per View-televised event.
Thursday, April 19
You’re answering some of your naysayers and critics by moving up in weight to fight Cotto, one of the best in the sport today. Would you consider more fights at 154, or possibly higher or others?
“It’s no surprise that when you’re the best at what you do that you become topic of debate. It comes with the territory. My career has been criticized and critiqued since day one. In my last fight against Victor Ortiz, people thought that he wasn’t experienced enough, yet he held a championship belt.
“It doesn’t matter who I fight, when I fight them or how successful I am, people will always have something to say. Guess what? I don’t listen to the negative. I stay positive and focused. I love a big challenge and that is what I have in Miguel Cotto on May 5. Criticism has never played a role in determining what I do in the ring, and it never will.
“I went up in weight because I am confident that I can beat Cotto at his preferred weight or any other weight for that matter. The fact that I’m a champion in five different weight classes proves that weight is not a factor. I’m willing to consider more fights at 154 or heavier if I believe that it is the next best move for me.
“After the Cotto fight, whatever is the next best option for me, then my advisors Al Haymon and Leonard Ellerbe will negotiate and make that happen. I have accomplished great things in my boxing career and will continue to look for the best fighters available to fight.
“For every critic that I silence, there will be another one out there to come up with something to discredit my success and my legacy. All I can do is stay focused on my May 5 fight against Miguel Cotto and look at it as yet another opportunity to prove the naysayers wrong. I am going to show, once again, that I am the best fighter in the world today. I will silence the critics—even if it is just for one night.”
MAYWEATHER-COTTO 24/7: EPISODE II AIRS
HBO’s 24/7 Mayweather/Cotto series Episode II will air on Saturday night at 10-to-10:30 p.m. ET/PT as it chronicles the events leading up to the Mayweather-Cotto fight.
Other HBO playdates: April 21 (3:40 a.m.); April 22 (9:15 a.m.); April 23 (7:30 p.m.; 12:15 a.m.); April 24 (10:00 p.m.); April 25 (9:30 a.m.); April 26 (4:30 p.m.); April 27 (12:30 a.m.); and April 28 (10:00 a.m.).
HBO2 playdates: April 22 (12:35 a.m.) and April 25 (9:00 p.m.). HBO On Demand availability begins: April 25
On the Mayweather-Cotto undercard, WBC junior middleweight titleholder Saul Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) will defend his belt opposite ex-titleholder Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39KOs), junior welterweight prospect Jessie Vargas (18-0, 10 KOs) meets Alfonso Gomez (23-5-2, 12 KOs), and junior middleweight Deandre Latimore (23-3, 17 KOs) will have a battle of southpaws with former welterweight titleholder Carlos Quintana (28-3, 22 KOs).
Photos by Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
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