While Floyd Mayweather certainly has supporters out there, it is no secret that the undefeated boxer is a polarizing figure. Once his 30 Days in May documentary airs on Showtime, however, "Money" will likely have a few more fans in his corner.
According to Showtime Sports, the hour-long documentary chronicling Mayweather's 2012 incarceration will premiere on April 3 at 10 p.m. ET. Mayweather hasn't discussed his jail sentence much since being released after two months in August of 2012. The documentary will depict Mayweather's life leading up to his incarceration along with candid interviews as well.
Mayweather only served part of his three-month sentence stemming from a domestic battery misdemeanor case, according to ESPN.com. Mayweather hasn't been in the news as much as boxing fans have grown accustomed to since his release, but he is scheduled to fight Robert Guerrero on May 4 with his flawless 43-0 record on the line.
There is no question that Mayweather has a persona that he attempts to uphold as a boxer. He is brash, arrogant and confident, and he doesn't have any issue calling out his opponents. 30 Days in May will show Mayweather the person rather than Mayweather the boxer, though. Perhaps there are some similarities between them, but Todd Crites of Turn Left Productions calls Mayweather, "caring, eloquent and soft-spoken," among other things.
It can be argued that Mayweather's trials and tribulations have allowed him to calm down and embrace the person that he truly is rather than the image he has always tried to portray. As odd as it may sound, Guerrero is actually the one who has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons ahead of his bout with Mayweather.
Not only does Guerrero believe that God has put him in a position to "humble Floyd Mayweather," according to Kacy Capobres of FOX News Latino, but Guerrero has been involved in some legal issues as well in recent days.
Dan Rafael of ESPN.com reported that Guerrero was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York last week when he attempted to board a flight while in possession of an unloaded gun. Guerrero alerted Delta Airlines ticket agents that he had the gun, but police were still called to the scene, as it is illegal to travel with an unlicensed weapon.
The fight is still on, but Mayweather suddenly looks like the more grounded individual, which is something that hasn't happened often over the course of his career. Once 30 Days in May airs on Wednesday, he is likely to gain even more sympathy. Mayweather is obviously far from perfect, as he put himself in a position to be jailed, but some people may come to understand him after seeing things through his perspective.
All it takes is one screw-up to ruin everything, but Mayweather has a great opportunity to redeem himself and repair his image. It starts with 30 Days in May, but it needs to continue moving forward. Mayweather has acted like the bigger man ahead of his fight with Guerrero and it would behoove him to continue doing so. All he has to do is take care of business on May 4.
Regardless of how you feel about Mayweather as a person or as a boxer, 30 Days in May promises to be high-quality television. Mayweather hasn't been vulnerable too many times over the years, but there is no question that he was ahead of his jail sentence. With that in mind, the documentary should provide some form of intrigue or entertainment for everyone.
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