Mayweather, Hatton to star in four-part HBO reality series

"Dancing with the Stars" isn't enough reality TV this fall for pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr.

In addition to participating in the hit ABC reality show, Mayweather will also take center stage in "Mayweather/Hatton 24/7," a four-part HBO series that will follow Mayweather and England's Ricky Hatton as they prepare for their much-anticipated Dec. 8 (HBO PPV) welterweight championship fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

In April and May, HBO cameras tracked Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya during the buildup to their fight, which shattered virtually every boxing box office record.

Mayweather was the clear star of the hit show, which, according to HBO, averaged 4.7 million viewers for each episode during the four-week run.

Bringing the series back for Mayweather's next fight comes as little surprise, and HBO made the announcement Wednesday with Mayweather (38-0, 24 KOs) and Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs) in New York meeting the media in the midst of a five-city, two-country press tour to promote the pay-per-view.

All 16,000-plus tickets to the fight at MGM Grand sold out in less than 30 minutes on Monday, generating a live gate of more than $10 million. Organizers will add thousands of closed circuit seats throughout Las Vegas, which will accommodate thousands of Hatton's British fans unable to get tickets to the arena.

The first 30-minute episode of "Mayweather/Hatton 24/7" will debut Nov. 18 (10 p.m. ET/PT). The second and third episodes will air in the same Sunday night time slot with the finale due to air Thursday, Dec. 6, two days before the bout.

The series is expected to have a similar feel to last spring's, meaning plenty of behind-the-scenes access to the fighters during training camp along with in-depth interviews with the fighters and members of their teams.

"In addition to this being the most anticipated welterweight title fight since Oscar De La Hoya squared off with Felix Trinidad in 1999, these are two of the sport's most engaging and colorful personalities," HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg said in announcing the series. "We were thrilled with the launch of the '24/7' franchise last spring and believe we have found the ideal sequel.

"The contrasts between the cities of Las Vegas [Mayweather's base] and Manchester [Hatton's home] will be a terrific jumping off point for the series. We truly appreciate the commitment and cooperation of the fighters and their teams with this ambitious project."

Dan Rafael covers Boxing for ESPN.com.