CBS Sports Network Jabs Coverage around Mayweather PPV BoutNational Cable Service to Present Weigh-In, Post-Fight Analysis, Press Conference 4/30/2013 6:11 PM Eastern
CBS Sports Network is in sister service Showtime’s camp, providing additional coverage clout for Saturday’s pay-per-view boxing show, headlined by Floyd “Money” Mayweather.
Beginning at 9 p.m., the four-fight card on May 4 on Showtime PPV, showcases the undefeated Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) versus Robert Guerrero (31-1-1, 18 KOs) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 12-round bout for the WBC and vacant Ring Magazine welterweight titles marks Mayweather’s first under a six-fight contract with Showtime.
"For our first foray into professional boxing, there is no better talent or personality than Floyd Mayweather," said CBS Sports executive vice president of CBS Sports Network president Dave Berson. "Together with Showtime, we're excited to showcase the pageantry of this huge fight from Las Vegas."
During the week leading up to the bout, CBS Sports Network is presenting encores of classic fights featuring Mayweather and Guerrero. Fights airing in their entirety include: Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya (May 2007), the most-watched PPV event in history; Mayweather's controversial fight against Victor Ortiz (September 2011); Mayweather-Ricky Hatton (December 2007); Mayweather's contest with Shane Mosley (May 2010); and Mayweather's match with Juan Manuel Marquez (September 2009).
CBS Sports Network on May 1 will air the final press conference with the combatants live from the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand at 4:30 p.m. (ET).
At 10 p.m. that day, Showtime will premiere the fourth installment of All Access: Mayweather vs. Geurrero, giving fans a last look at the fighters’ preparation for the championship contest.
Both networks will cover the weigh-in live from MGM Grand Arena on Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m.
Showtime's May Day Live lineup on May 4 at 7 p.m. includes up to two live preliminary fights, special All Access features and exclusive interviews from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Following the Showtime PPV event, CBS Sports Network will provide a complete assessment of the action with commentator Barry Tompkins and analyst Steve Farhood, as well as live coverage of the post-fight press conference.
CBS Sports Network’s coverage of Mayweather-Guerrero bout is akin to the national cable service’s role at the Super Bowl, U.S. Open Tennis championships and the PGA Championship, where it provided flanking pre-and post-competition programming around those marquee events.
“Our programming surrounding Floyd Mayweather's debut fight on Showtime PPV is another example of how CBS Sports Network is providing compelling live coverage around high-profile sporting events within the CBS family,” said Berson.