A docuseries chronicling the life of the professional boxing career of Floyd Mayweather Jr. is in the works. Mayweather has signed a life-rights deal with Black-owned production company Hidden Empire Films. Owned by filmmakers Deon Taylor and Roxanne Avent Taylor, Hudden Empire will produce the docuseries “The GOAT” through a partnership with the boxer, Variety reported.
The docuseries will follow Mayweather’s journey from childhood through the beginning of his professional boxing career in 1996. And it will, of course, cover his bouts on his way to becoming the world’s richest boxer.
“Now is the perfect time to share my story with the world and let viewers in on my journey from early days of hardships to overcoming adversity to become the athlete and entrepreneur I am today,” Mayweather said. “As someone who owns his own brand, I can’t think of better partners than Deon, Roxanne, Robert F. Smith — the wealthiest African American in the world — and Hidden Empire Films, a prolific Black-owned production company. This is going to be incredibly special!”
Although no legal release is required to make Mayweather or any other person the subject of a creative work, with the rights to use the former welterweight world champion’s personal films, photos and other effects, Hidden Empire Films will give fans a never-before-seen look behind the life of Mayweather, the world’s highest-paid athlete.
Billionaire Black businessman Robert F. Smith is the executive producer on the series, with Black and Blue and Traffik producer Omar Joseph co-producing alongside The Money Team (TMT) member James McNair.
“As a Black filmmaker, it is beyond an honor to have the opportunity to assist in telling the world one of the most iconic boxing stories we have ever heard,” said Deon Taylor. “Floyd truly is the G.O.A.T. and we are so blessed to share his amazing path to becoming one of the most polarizing figures in all of sports today. Our entire Hidden Empire team is excited for audiences to witness the chapters of his life.”
Filmmakers Deon and Roxanne Avent Taylor founded Hidden Empire Film Group (HEFG) production banner and in 2021 expanded the brand to to include a new distribution company, Hidden Empire Releasing. Among their film products: “The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2,” written and directed by Deon Taylor. The movie is a sequel to 2016’s cult hit “Meet the Blacks,” staring Mike Epps, Katt Williams and Bresha Webb.
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“I feel extremely blessed to work on bringing such an incredible project to life. As a producer, I live to find stories like this. The fact that Floyd’s story has never been told before to a broader audience makes it that much more special,” Roxanne Taylor said.
Mayweather was influenced to box by his father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., and his late uncle and former welterweight champion Roger,
The 45-year-old Hall of Famer, whose net worth is an estimated $340 million, is still fighting in exhibitions with amateur boxers. His recent bout was with Mikuru Asakura at an event called Super RIZIN in Saitama, Japan.
Mayweather knocked out his opponent and in the process earned, “like 15-, 20 million,” Mayweather said.
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Mayweather will give Hidden Empire Films exclusive access to his personal library of never-before-seen footage, including hundreds of hours of video and audio recorded of his fights and training sessions, Variety reported. In addition to the docuseries, there will be a documentary and ultimately a narrative series under Hidden Empire Films banner (“Black & Blue,” “Fatale,” “The Intruder”).