If you let Floyd Mayweather Jr. tell it, his newly formed relationship with Showtime and CBS is match made in heaven. The undefeated welterweight just might be right about that.
Mayweather made an appearance at the final press conference for Saturday’s Showtime card featuring IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage and Ishe Smith and spoke in glowing terms of his six-fight deal with Showtime and CBS.
"It is going to be a great fight this Saturday night on Showtime. I am telling everyone right now, if they don't have Showtime already, they have to go out and get it,” said Mayweather. “You can't miss Floyd Mayweather or Mayweather Promotions fighters who are fortunate to be fighting on this network. For the next 30 months I will give you excitement. You can believe that.”
Mayweather's first fight under the new deal will be on May 4 against Robert Guerrero at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather’s deal with Showtime was announced on Tuesday. It ended a longtime relationship with HBO that earned the fighter millions of dollars. Mayweather, who turns 36 on Sunday, also stated the final act of his career has been written.
"My career is not over yet. I have done it my whole life and I have always worked hard to be the best,” said Mayweather. “That was my goal from the very beginning. To have my name mentioned with the likes of Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Tommy Hearns, so many legendary champions that paved the way for me, I am appreciative.”
Much has been made of Showtime’s deal with Mayweather. Until recently, HBO has been the boy on the boxing block. But with CBS’ involvement in the sport, Showtime has now become a real player.
"Showtime and CBS, I've got to take my hat off to them. They did a tremendous job and I am happy to be a part of this family,” Mayweather. “It's not just Showtime. It's CBS, too. I have to give everyone their just due and credit. They are partners, came together and gave me a great deal and one I couldn't refuse. I couldn't ask for a better deal.”
Outside of announcing his affinity for Showtime and CBS, Mayweather went out of his way to tout his promotion company. Mayweather has a deal with Smith and undefeated middleweight contender J’Leon Love, who is also on the card.
"I promised Ishe a title fight and I lived up to my side of the bargain. Now he has to go out there, perform and get the job done,” Mayweather continued. “It's great to showcase J'Leon Love too, a local Detroit fighter who now trains out of the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. He is a very exciting fighter and I am looking forward to seeing him fight too.”