A side HBO: Why “At last” already tops Showtime’s “Inside Mayweather/ Pacquiao” 4 episode series
Editorial By George A. Dampeer, RCM Washington DC Boxing Correspondent
Showtime made an early release of the first episode “Inside Mayweather/ Pacquiao” on Friday. This came as a relief for many fans including myself because this gives the chance to watch HBO’s “At last” uninterrupted by switching back and forth. It’s doable with fights (just barely) but not with a documentary.
The first episode of “Inside Mayweather/Pacquiao” consisted of everything you thought it would. It started by describing how Floyd and Bob Arum’s business relationship came to an end. Floyd said that Bob “wanted him to be a certain way” possibly referring to his showboating early in his career. With no other input to the series you’re somewhat forced to take his word for it. That’s the unfortunate trend going into the remaining episodes, the fact that it only seems to be ‘Inside Mayweather’.
This wasn’t a complete shock knowing where each fighter’s allegiances are, but this is where HBO’s “At Last” has its (one of many) advantages. “At last” covers the rise of both fighters as they entered on a collision course in the process, including exclusive footage. You also had Bob Arum, Oscar De La Hoya, Freddie Roach, Jim Lampley, and Larry Merchant talk about both fighters and the fight. “At Last” made a stern enough to call everything straight when things like the negotiations came up and why the fight did not seem to happen numerous times.
For discretion, I never believe Floyd Mayweather wanted this fight. If he did, he didn’t want it at this point. The fight is happening because of surrounding entities of the two fighters, mainly Les Moonves. Mayweather may claim that he is his own boss but for the remaining two fights he belongs to the CBS CEO. So when both shows talked about how the fight happened, you could not help but think that HBO’s depiction was a bit more solid. Whereas Showtime, to my surprise let viewers believe Floyd himself made it happen and only mentioned their CEO once. For HBO, the meeting between Moonves, Arum, and Freddie Roach was the game-changer in negotiations.
Everything factual, detail, and side of the story aside; HBO just had the better production. “At last” simply reminds us who truly has the better production quality and why you’d prefer HBO series rather than Showtime. Inside Mayweather/ Pacquiao will continue to give up footage of Floyd as he prepares for the May 2 and after the bout. Perhaps that is the only advantage they have, but it will only be from the Mayweather side.
Showtime may have the A-side fighter, but HBO had the A-side show.
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