Showtime's All Access offers fans a glimpse behind the scenes of Floyd Mayweather's upcoming fight. As we learned, things became far more personal on a recent episode, as the star boxer revealed it was indeed over with his ex-fiancee Shantel Jackson.
The two are indeed calling it quits after about four years of on-again, off-again tumult.
Pre-fight documentaries are usually relegated to hyping animosity between fighters. In Showtime's episode ramping up to Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana, which will culminate on May 3, a funny thing happened.
Mayweather was quite real about his relationship. Here is the start of that clip from Episode 1:
A tip of the hat to MLive.com's Josh Slagter, who transcribed the pertinent parts:
You always want a strong, beautiful woman that you can share your everything with. But I have to go my separate way.
She's focusing on her career in L.A., which is acting. And I'm focusing on my career, which is boxing. Sometimes people can outgrow one another, but we're still friends.
It's a far cry from some of the more juicy rumors floating around the transom of the Internet, including gossip about Mayweather taking back a car gifted to Jackson.
That's the kind of scuttlebutt that marked a rocky and relatively private relationship for Mayweather and Jackson. While the two saw their names on various gossip websites, fans were rarely afforded confirmation of any solid anecdotes from behind the scenes.
Back in Aug. 2013, Larry Brown broke down an exhausting list of rumors:
A report in June from notorious gossip site Media Takeout said Mayweather and Jackson split up. The report said Mayweather took back all of the expensive possessions he had given Jackson in order to make her prove her worth to him while they were separated. That report came a month after another gossip site said Mayweather caught Jackson sexting with another man. Then this week, Media Takeout followed up with a report saying that Mayweather was angry with Jackson for throwing a birthday party and flirting with other men.
In the end, Jackson and Mayweather would allow the rumors to play out as they would, keeping guard of as much of their personal life as possible.
In what is a far less juicy turn, Mayweather delivered a serious and very candid response to his breakup: The two just grew apart, sounding like a man who doesn't hold any grudges.
It's not exactly the kind of stuff that yields reads on rumor sites, but it's—or at least seems to be—the truth.
Fans are giddy for the real business at hand, marking May 3 as the next time they get to see the star in his element. As we know, his personal life will continue to garner interest as well.
Nothing should shock fans at this point when it comes to the two, and that includes reconciliation down the road.
What is refreshing is that Mayweather continues to astound, giving an honest and, dare we say, boring answer to his relationship with Jackson.
This should conclude any and all rumors and gossip of the two, but we know better.