On Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Showtime will premiere the first of four 30-minute episodes of All-Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana in advance of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s May 3 defense of his RING and WBC welterweight championships against WBA counterpart Marcos Maidana on Showtime Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
All-Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana will precede the 9:30 p.m., ET/PT Showtime tripleheader headlined by IBF light heavyweight titleholder Bernard Hopkins against WBA titlist Beibut Shumenov from the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C.
Narrated by acclaimed character actor Barry Pepper of Saving Private Ryan and The Green Mile, the show will track the events leading up to the 37-year-old Mayweather (45-0, 26 knockouts) facing the hard-hitting Maidana (35-3, 31 KOs).
In addition, All-Access Live, a new 30-minute program featuring a live sit-down interview with Mayweather and Maidana, will debut on Showtime on May 2 at 6:30 p.m., ET/3:30 p.m., PT, immediately following the live weigh-in that will happen at 6 p.m., ET/3 p.m., PT on Showtime.
All-Access reveals insight into the world of Mayweather, fresh off an $80 million payday from his majority decision victory in September over Saul Alvarez, which added Alvarez's RING and WBA 154-pound championships to the WBC junior middleweight belt that he already owned.
Mayweather is shown purchasing yet another Bentley and Ferrari to add to his fleet of luxury vehicles. From palatial hotel suites for his childrens’ spring break to $100 tips at every turn, viewers are afforded unprecedented access in to the life of the highest-paid athlete in the world.
"Is it about the money? Absolutely. Is it about the fame? Absolutely," said Mayweather. "It's everything wrapped in one. I want to be the best. Not just the best fighter, I want to be the best athlete, period."
Meanwhile, Maidana is 5,000 miles away in Santa Fe, Argentina, still basking in the glow of December's unanimous decision victory over previously unbeaten Adrien Broner that earned him his current belt.
Maidana witnesses the birth of his daughter, Emilia, on March 11 to his fiancée at a Santa Fe clinic.
"I’m not intimidated by anything. Not the crowd, not the lights, not my opponent," said Maidana. "I don't really care about fame. I think if the fights were not televised or if we had to fight without an audience, it would be better. I only want to fight."
Showtime dates for All-Access: Mayweather vs. Maidana
Episode 1 premieres Saturday, April 19 at 9 p.m., ET/PT.
Episode 2 premieres Saturday, April 26 at 9 p.m., ET / 6 p.m., PT
(Immediately preceding the live Showtime Championship Boxing tripleheader featuring Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz.)
Episode 3 premieres Wednesday, April 30 at 10 p.m., ET/PT
All Access Live premieres Friday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m., ET/3:30 p.m., PT
All Access Epilogue premieres Saturday, May 10 on CBS Sports Network
Episode 1 premieres Sunday, April 20 at 10 p.m., ET/PT
Episode 2 premieres Monday, April 28 at 9:30 p.m., ET/PT
Episode 3 premieres Friday, May 2 at 11:30 p.m., ET/PT