Although Showtime will not produce an “All Access” series and HBO won’t do a “24/7” series in the buildup to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megafight -- for which they have partnered for a joint pay-per-view telecast on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas -- each network will produce its own prefight programming.
On Friday, Showtime announced its plans. It will produce the four-part “Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao,” a documentary-style series leading up to and covering the fight.
It will debut April 18 immediately after Showtime’s coverage of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Andrzej Fonfara fight that night. Episode 2 will be April 25 (7:30 p.m. ET/PT), Episode 3 on April 29 (10 p.m. ET/PT), and Episode 4, which will serve as the epilogue, is slated for May 9 (time TBA).
The series will focus on Mayweather as he heads into the fight. The HBO programming, which has not yet been announced, will focus primarily on Pacquiao.
“'Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao' will not only welcome viewers into Mayweather’s camp before the fight but also give viewers a window into those dramatic and often poignant moments immediately before and after this historic fight,” said Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Sports executive vice president and general manager.