Floyd Mayweather Jr. has always been full of surprises. So it should’ve come as no surprise when the undefeated welterweight announced a deal with Showtime to broadcast his next pay-per-view fight.
Mayweather’s first fight on the Showtime will be against Robert Guerrero on May 4. The deal will enable Mayweather to fight up to six times over a 30-month period.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but there’s no doubt the agreement will keep Mayweather as the highest paid boxer in the world. Under the deal, Showtime will collaborate with its parent company CBS to promote Mayweather’s events.
What does this mean for HBO? Ross Greenburg was let go after Manny Pacquiao left HBO for Showtime for one fight. This doesn’t mean current HBO sports boss Ken Hershman is in any trouble, but he’ll probably take some heat for Mayweather jumping ship.
This new deal doesn’t necessarily mean Showtime will become the dominating force in the sport, though. Mayweather will turn 36 on Sunday and has fought just six times since fighting Oscar De La Hoya on May 5, 2007.
So the question that needs to be asked is how much will Showtime get out off him. The deal calls for Mayweather to fight up to six times over the next 30 months. If Mayweather has only fought six times in the last six years, is there any reason to believe he will fight six times in 30 months?
Although it is still a great deal for Showtime, it remains to be seen if it will have a long term impact on boxing.