- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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When pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. signed his gargantuan 30-month contract for up to six fights with Showtime/CBS earlier this year, the deal was about more than just the money, even if those millions were the deciding factor.
Mayweather is also promoting fights now and part of the deal was that Showtime would give his Mayweather Promotions' stable exposure, which comes in the form of television dates. That's why when "ShoBox: The New Generation" returns on Dec. 6 at the Little Creek Casino in Shelton, Wash., it will be a tripleheader featuring three of Mayweather's fighters, none of whom won their last fights.
Showtime said that middleweight J'Leon Love (15-0, 8 KOs) will headline with super middleweight Badou Jack (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in the middle fight and lightweight Mickey Bey (18-1-1, 9 KOs) in the opener. There are no opponents yet for the scheduled 10-round bouts.
It's quite obvious that without Mayweather flexing his considerable muscle and pushing for his guys, this would not be a "ShoBox" card. But Showtime used the dates it gave Mayweather Promotions as a chip to sweeten the deal with Mayweather.
Love was awarded a very debatable split decision on May 4 against Gabriel Rosado on the Mayweather-Robert Guerrero undercard. However, the result was changed to a no decision because Love tested positive for a banned diuretic he used to help him make weight for the middleweight contest. Love was fined and suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and this will be his first fight since the suspension.
Jack was disappointing in a 10-round draw against Marco Antonio Periban in Las Vegas on Sept. 12, two nights before Mayweather's win against Canelo Alvarez.
Bey is winless in his last two fights. In February, a third-round knockout win was changed to a no decision because Bey tested positive for extremely high levels of testosterone.
In his return from a toothless suspension in July, Bey, leading widely on all three scorecards, got knocked out by John Molina in the final minute of the 10-round fight.