Showtime Sets March Cotto-Mayorga PPV Event


Showtime Pay-Per-View will ring in the 2011 pay-per-view boxing calendar with a March 12 boxing card headlined by the Miguel Cotto- Ricardo Mayorga super welterweight championship fight.

The event, co-produced by boxing promoters Bob Arum and Don King, will also feature a WBA super welterweight bout between champion Yuri Foreman and Pawel Wolak and a women's bout featuring female super welterweight champion Christy Martin, according to Showtime officials.

A press conference for the fight is scheduled for next week in New York.

The PPV event is the first Showtime-distributed PPV fight since the October 2005 rematch between Diego Corrales and Jose Louis Castillo. Since then the pay TV network has focused most of its boxing efforts on its two on-air franchises - Showtime Championship Boxing and ShoBox, which features up-and-coming fighters.

The network initially scheduled the Dec. 18 Bernard Hopkins-Jean Pascal fight for PPV, but eventually decided to air it on the pay TV service.

In other Showtime sports news, network officials are not commenting about a Entertainment report that the pay service is in talks with Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants to develop a docu-series similar to HBO's popular Hard Knocks show that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the training camps of pro football teams.