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If Floyd Mayweather’s ‘All Access’ programming was staged, is Vince McMahon of WWE to blame?

Joseph Herron Updated
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After receiving scrutiny from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for controversial footage displayed on Showtime Sports’ “All Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2”, Floyd Mayweather Jr. admitted on Tuesday that the program’s content was creatively edited to increase PPV purchases for the September 13th event.

The promotional recording showed scenes that displayed unconventional training methods which seemed unsafe by commission standards at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as captured footage of a group of women smoking marijuana in Floyd’s presence at his “Big Boy” mansion.

While many critics and fight fans will come to the conclusion that Floyd’s defense of “staged material” is merely an excuse to keep his newly acquired promotional license in the state of Nevada intact, his well documented activity during a brief hiatus from boxing could be used as evidence to support his claim of staging the controversial “All Access” scenes.

After handing Ricky Hatton his first knock-out loss in December of 2007, Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his retirement from the sport of boxing and subsequently signed a lucrative deal with WWE to appear in two PPV events, “No Way Out” in February of 2008 and “Wrestlemania XXIV” a month and a half later.

During the stint on WWE, “Money” Mayweather made several appearances on USA Network’s “Monday Night Raw” to support and promote the ensuing Wrestlemania PPV event, in which the pound for pound king feuded with 7’0” behemoth Paul Donald Wight, a.k.a. “The Big Show”.

Even though the 5’8” prizefighter was initially scripted to portray a likeable character throughout his brief stretch with the popular wrestling organization, the “Money” persona quickly turned WWE audiences against him and consequently forced the organization’s writers to adapt Mayweather’s role, characterizing him as the villain.

The storyline inevitably reached its conclusion at the March 30th PPV event, Wrestlmania XXIV, in Orlando, Florida. Mayweather was featured in a “No Disqualification” match against “The Big Show”, in which Floyd won by cheating. The absurdly undersized boxer removed his right glove in the final moments of the contest, revealing a pair of brass knuckles. Floyd cracked the massive wrestler in the jaw with the set of “knucks”, instantly knocking out “The Big Show” and winning the bout.

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During his brief term working with the WWE troop, Mayweather learned the value of showmanship in marketing a PPV event by WWE CEO, Vince McMahon, and consequently became an even bigger star upon returning the world of boxing.

So is Vince McMahon ultimately to blame for Mayweather’s controversial “black hat” persona? Was Floyd honest in his confession to the Nevada State Athletic Commission? And finally, will his detractors be able to view Floyd “Money” Mayweather with the same visceral hatred in the build-up for his next event now that they know that the "All Access" programming is largely staged?

Find out on the next episode of "The Money Train", starring Floyd Mayweather Jr...coming in 2015!!
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