Showtime is tapping into its talent roster for its coverage of the “Mayweather vs. Paul: Bragging Rights” fight set for June 6 from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
The broadcast team for the pay-per-view event will include Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, stars of the network’s acclaimed late-night show, Desus & Mero. The duo will provide commentary — and comedy — throughout the evening, working alongside host Brian Custer.
Announcing the fight at ringside will be Mauro Ranallo with veteran analyst Al Bernstein and boxer Abner Mares. Brendan Schaub — comedian, former MMA fighter, and host of Showtime’s Below the Belt — will be a roving reporter during the telecast.
On May 29, Showtime will also air a pre-fight special titled Inside Mayweather vs. Paul. That will premiere at 9:30 p.m. ET before the premium cable channel’s boxing tripleheader headlined by the WBC bantamweight bout between Nordine Oubaali and Nonito Donaire.
Much like Showtime’s All Access series (or HBO’s 24/7 show), Inside Mayweather vs. Paul will have access to both fighters’ training camps as they prepare for the bout and include behind-the-scenes coverage of the match’s introductory press conference on May 6.
Additionally, Showtime will cover the Mayweather-Paul fight throughout the week leading up the event on its digital channels with contributions from Morning Kombat‘s Luke Thomas and Brian Campbell, along with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson from All the Smoke. Additionally, the Showtime Sports YouTube Channel will provide media availabilities for the fighters, the press conference for the undercard, and the ceremonial weigh-in.
Showtime Sports and Bleacher Report will also team up to provide inside access for former NFL receiver Chad Johnson’s preparations for his fight on the Mayweather-Paul undercard. Johnson will face former MMA fighter Brian Maxwell.
— DESUS & MERO on SHOWTIME (@SHODesusAndMero) May 17, 2021
(Could Showtime not get Ziwe to interview Mayweather or Paul leading up to the fight? That could’ve been the highlight of this entire enterprise.)
Desus & Mero is currently on hiatus until June 20, so appearing on the boxing special should be a treat for fans missing their Sunday and Thursday late-night comedy fix. (If you haven’t seen it yet, Desus and Mero met up with cellist Yo-Yo Ma before going on hiatus and is worth your time.)
Inside Mayweather vs. Paul will premiere Saturday, May 29 at 9:30 p.m. ET on Showtime and will also be available across the premium cable channel’s streaming platforms and on-demand. The actual fight will air on Showtime pay-per-view Sunday, June 6 with coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET.