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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 need was buy my mother a house. She was still living in Grand Rapids 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 whole family at that time too. I am very close to my family and it is nice to have everyone around.
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 number one 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 watch to 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, September 17! I like the way that sounds.
Episode #2 of the all-access reality series “24/7 Mayweather/Ortiz” premieres Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. Episode #1 is available at HBO ON DEMAND® and HBO GO® in addition to multiple replays on the network. The four-part series premieres on three consecutive Saturday nights before the finale airs the night before the welterweight championship showdown in Las Vegas.
“STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” is a mega-event taking place on Saturday, Sept. 17 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
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