American boxer Floyd Mayweather said some segments of the Showtime reality series "All Acces" – of which he is an executive producer – are staged to help promote his boxing matches.
Mayweather was called to appear in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to clarify certain segments of an "All Access" episode leading up to his rematch against Marcos Maidana.
Specifically, the commission wanted to hear Mayweather's explanation for a scene that showed "the doghouse," wherein two fighters engaged in a 31-minute sparring session until one fighter quit.
They also wanted an explanation regarding the gambling that occurred inside the Mayweather Boxing Gym, and the use of marijuana in Mayweather's presence, although the boxer himself did not smoke.
Mayweather, who was accompanied by his adviser Leonard Ellerbe and lawyer Shane Emerick, told NSAC that those scenes were "staged."
"With 'All Access,' we're able to edit and chop footage the way we want," Mayweather said, as quoted by ESPN's Dan Rafael.
Regarding the 31-minute sparring session, Mayweather said: "I am there to monitor and watch every 'dog house' fight."
His lawyer, Emerick, also denied that people inside the gym were gambling on the "doghouse" fights.
"That's all for the reality show. It does not happen," he said.
Mayweather also claimed that the marijuana shown on television was fake, and Ellerbe said it was a "prop."
"He (Mayweather) would not risk failing a drug test for second-hand smoke. He does not partake in drugs and alcoholism," Ellerbe said.
According to Boxing Scene, the NSAC's five-man panel "seemed to buy Mayweather's story," although they also reminded the boxer of his new responsibilities as he was recently granted a license to promote fights in Nevada.
"That license elevates your responsibility, as a promoter. We want to make sure you understand our concerns," one commissioner, Skip Avasino, told Mayweather.
NSAC chairman Francisco Aguilar concluded the session by telling the Mayweather camp to alert the commission regarding "fake elements" of future episodes of the reality series.
According to ESPN, Showtime did not give a comment on Mayweather's statements that their reality show was staged.