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Mayweather blog: First ‘big’ paycheck and love of movies

Fighters Network

Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are writing four weekly blog posts for HBO leading into their fight Sept. 17 in Las Vegas on HBO Pay-Per-View. Here's Mayweather's third entry:


Q: What did you buy with your first big check. A car? A home? Rolex?

Everybody always want to know what athletes do with their first big check? What did I do with my first big check?  First, I think big is what you make it.  I remember my first pro fight and getting paid when it was over.  To be honest, and at the time, that was my first “big” check.  When you come from humble beginnings, any money seems like good money.

But when I got my first really big check, the first thing I (did) was buy my mother a house.  She was still living in Grand Rapids (Mich.) at the time and I wanted her to be with me in Las Vegas.  I knew I was going to be successful in my career, so I wanted to start to take care of her and have her nearby too.  I actually moved the whole family at that time too.  I am very close to my family, and it is nice to have everyone around.  


Q: What TV shows do you watch that help you relax after a good day of training?

I don’t really watch television except for sports like the NFL and NBA. You will rarely find me just lying back and watching television. My real passion is movies, and it is probably my No. 1 thing to do when I am trying to relax. I either go to the movie theater or watch them in my theater room at my house.  It has two levels and two screens, so if I want to watch one movie and someone else (wants to) watch … another one, they can go to the upper level and watch it.  It is such a comfortable room with big red leather seats and surround-sound system too. You feel like you are in the theater.  But I do like to go out and love to watch a movie on the big screen. Recently I actually have been renting out the whole theater to take my family and friends and see a movie in private when it first comes out.    

And as a movie lover, I think it is great that people can actually see my fight in theaters across the country too.  It’s me on the big screen – “Money” Mayweather – the movie star appearing in the leading role on “Star Power”: Mayweather vs Ortiz on Saturday, Sept. 17!  I like the way that sounds.  


“Star Power: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” takes place Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET.