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Mayweather Cashes in With Showtime Deal

ESPN.com

Floyd Mayweather announced Tuesday that he is climbing back into the ring May 4 to face off against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. The fight was expected, but the real surprise came with the news that Mayweather would leave long-time partner HBO for a pay-per-view deal with Showtime Networks. The six-fight, 30-month deal was called the “richest individual athlete deal in all of sports” in a press release.

This marks a huge loss for HBO. Mayweather’s nine HBO PPV events generated 9.6 million buys and $543 million in television revenue, according to the network. Mayweather has been part of the four biggest non-heavyweight PPV...

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