Apparently, the networks are intent on exploiting the upcoming Showtime pay-per-view broadcast of what is being called "the boxing event of the year" - May Day: Mayweather vs. Guerrero, which takes place on Saturday, May 4.
Earlier today, I posted BET's announcement of its airing of a Mayweather documentary (courtesy of Showtime), leading up to the fight. And CBS has now also announced it will also air a Mayweather documentary before the fight as well, narrated by LL Cool J.
So if you don't have cable TV, you can watch CBS' broadcast.
The full details via press release from CBS follow below:
"MAYWEATHER," A REVEALING ONE-HOUR DOCUMENTARY NARRATED BY LL COOL J ABOUT THE LIFE OF UNDEFEATED WORLD BOXING CHAMPION FLOYD "MONEY" MAYWEATHER TO AIR ON CBS, SATURDAY, APRIL 27
"Mayweather" Will Feature the Debut of LL COOL J's New Song "We're The Greatest" from his Upcoming Album "Authentic"
The Welterweight World Championship Fight, "May Day: Mayweather vs. Guerrero" To Be Presented by SHOWTIME PPV(R) on Saturday, May 4
CBS will debut MAYWEATHER, a revealing one-hour documentary about the life of undefeated eight-time world boxing champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and his rival, six-time world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, on Saturday, April 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The special airs one week before the boxing event of the year, as SHOWTIME PPV presents MAY DAY: MAYWEATHER VS. GUERRERO on Saturday, May 4.
MAYWEATHER, narrated by NCIS: LOS ANGELES star LL COOL J (@llcoolj), tells the life story and career arc of the charismatic fighter Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather), who is universally recognized as the world's pound-for-pound best boxer with an undefeated record of 43-0. The primetime special also examines the hard-working approach taken by his opponent, the fierce and accomplished world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (@Ghostboxing), who has endured incredible challenges throughout his career to reach this May 4 fight.
In addition to LL COOL J narrating MAYWEATHER, the documentary features his new song "We're The Greatest," featuring Eddie Van Halen, from LL COOL J's highly-anticipated new album, Authentic, to be released on April 30, 2013.
"LL COOL J's passion for boxing and his keen performing acumen combine to create the perfect voice to tell the complete life story of Floyd Mayweather," said Executive Producer Ross Greenburg, who has produced multiple documentary series on the fighter since 2007. MAYWEATHER is an honest portrayal of the controversial and charismatic best pound-for-pound boxer in the world and a compelling look at his blue-collar, working-man's opponent, Robert Guerrero."
The documentary airs as part of 100 hours of diverse boxing and documentary programming from SHOWTIME Sports(R) across broadcast, cable and premium television in advance of the welterweight championship bout between Mayweather and Guerrero, on Saturday, May 4 on SHOWTIME PPV. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
MAY DAY: MAYWEATHER VS. GUERRERO, a 12-round fight for Mayweather's WBC Welterweight World Championship and the vacant Ring Magazine Welterweight World Championship, is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona, O'Reilly Auto Parts, AT&T, "Star Trek: Into Darkness" and Valvoline. The mega-event will take place Saturday, May 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV(R) beginning at 9:00 PM, ET/6:00 PM, PT. The event can be heard in Spanish using secondary audio programming (SAP). Also featured will be WBC Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon taking on Two-Division World Champion Abner Mares in a 12-round fight for Ponce de Leon's WBC Featherweight World Championship, former IBF Bantamweight World Champion Leo Santa Cruz facing veteran Alexander Munoz in a 10-round fight for the vacant USBA Junior Featherweight Championship and rising star J'Leon Love squaring off against recent world title challenger Gabriel Rosado in a 10-round middleweight battle for the vacant NABF Middleweight Championship.