Mayweather Sings Praises of His New Showtime Deal

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  • DETROIT (AP) — It’s Showtime in more ways than one for Floyd Mayweather Jr., who said Thursday he is excited about both a weekend fight he’s promoting as well as his lucrative new deal with the CBS-owned network.

    Mayweather, who was in Detroit for a news conference ahead of Saturday’s junior middleweight title bout between Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage and Ishe Smith, likened his Showtime agreement to a matrimonial modification.

    “I got a divorce,” a smiling Mayweather said of leaving HBO, his longtime television home. “I’m married again.”

    “I couldn’t have asked for a better deal,” he said.

    The sport’s biggest star and moneymaker announced Tuesday that he’ll fight Robert Guerrero on May 4 on Showtime, a move that shook up the boxing universe. Mayweather’s move is a coup for Showtime, which long has trailed HBO in boxing prominence.

    Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs) said his new revenue-sharing deal could include up to six pay-per-view bouts over 30 months, a much faster pace than to which he’s become accustomed.

    The 147-pound champion, who hasn’t fought since beating Miguel Cotto on May 5, has fought just four times since December 2007.

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