Last night, HBO debuted it's signature Face Off with Max Kellerman for the upcoming super mega fight of the sport's biggest pay-per-view star Floyd Mayweather, Jr., taking on the Puerto Rican superstar, super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto on May 5 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.
Previous Face Offs were rather insightful or at least motivating and had a sense of good hype for the upcoming fights, such as the Haye/Klitschko Face Off, which proved to be more entertaining than the actual fight—for that was one of the biggest letdowns in heavyweight championship history.
Mayweather/Cotto's Face Off was a bit uneventful and it showed us nothing new that we did not know before.
Mayweather, for the most part, was rather humble and respectful of his opponent Cotto, even explaining that he should be viewed as an undefeated fighter—having lost to an alleged loaded gloved Antonio Margarito and a fight against Pacquiao that took place at a catch-weight, causing Cotto to be drained in the fight.
Floyd even compliments Miguel's watch and says he has good style.
If this episode appeared to be boring, it might have even been to Floyd as well, for he even checks in with his assistant on how his $100,000 bet is doing as the closing minutes of his bet are taking place, while the cameras are rolling.
One thing was clear about this fight, and that is Mayweather and Cotto are such big stars in the sport of boxing, that they did not have to resort to any drama or trash talk to promote the fight.
It seemed both fighters knew that their name recognition alone would guarantee huge pay-per-view success come May 5, so they both are taking it easy with the pre-fight build up or even lack thereof.
Max Kellerman even points out that Floyd is the biggest pay-per-view star in boxing, Manny Pacquiao is number two and Miguel Cotto is the third biggest pay-per-view star, which enables him to bring up the inevitable Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight discussion.
Mayweather interrupts Kellerman before he could even complete his question and says he is fine with his own legacy and does not need Pacquiao or even Cotto, for his legacy is secured already.
Floyd also states that Manny Pacquiao "piggybacked" off his name. Explaining that Manny has been using his name to say, "Floyd Mayweather is scared...Floyd Mayweather is a chicken," but he then goes on to say that it does not bother him for he is happy and comfortable.
What did the fight fans want to see in this Face Off instead?
They probably wanted to see some standard trash talk by Floyd's alter ego: Money May come out and insult and make fun of Cotto.
Fans will probably have to wait for the HBO 24/7 Mayweather/Cotto episodes for that though, which will debut on Saturday, April 14 on HBO at 9:45PM ET/PT.
Obviously, the fans would have preferred for Mayweather to talk more about Manny Pacquiao and assure us that he is planning on fighting Pacquiao next or in the remote horizon, but that of course did not happen and probably will not happen, at least until the results of the big Cinco De Mayo fight night.
Did this Face Off episode teach us anything new that we did not already know about Floyd and Cotto?
No, Floyd appears as confident as ever in another brilliant victory on May 5 and it appears at least to me, that Cotto is happy just to be there and collect that career-high paycheck.
If you missed the Mayweather/Cotto Face Off, below are the times it will re-air on HBO and HBO 2 according to a press release from the executive producers of HBO.
The Mayweather/Cotto extended version of Face Off is set to air multiple times on HBO and HBO2 (schedule below). Face Off will also be available on the HBO On Demand® service, HBO GO® and at www.hbo.com/boxing, as well as various other new media platforms that distribute the series.
HBO air times include: Apr. 3 (8:45 p.m.), 4 (5:00 p.m.), 9 (7:45 p.m.), 15 (7:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m.), 16 (11:15 p.m.), 17 (7:45 a.m.), 19 (9:45 p.m.) and 24 (2:40 a.m.) and May 3 (12:30 a.m.).
HBO 2 air times include: Apr. 6 (11:45 p.m.), 11 (8:45 p.m.) and 17 (1:50 a.m.).
All times are ET/PT.
KING J is the Bleacher Report Boxing Community Leader and a Featured Columnist. All information was emailed to him directly via press release email from the executive producers of HBO.
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