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HBO No Longer Covering Manny Pacquiao Fights

HBO No Longer Covering Manny Pacquiao Fights

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Just a couple of months after he announced his retirement, Filipino Boxing Superstar Manny Pacquiao recently announced that he will be returning to the ring to take on Jessie Vargas. Now, latest sports news reports that HBO would not be covering the event.

The said match will be happening on November 5, and unlike his previous match announcements, this one did not really excite and light up the whole world even though he is facing a unheralded opponent. The real surprise was when HBO announced that they will not be the one to distribute the PPV rights of the event which was confirmed by none other than, Bob Arum.

“Definitely it’s not going to be HBO. HBO had a contract and decided to pass because it was two weeks in front of their Ward-Kovalev fight,” Arum said.

With this move, HBO is officially relinquishing the rest of their rights to Pacman’s fights. It is interesting that they are walking away from it as this will mean that possible money-making rematches, such as one with with Mayweather, will not be automatically aired on the channel.

According to Arum, now that HBO is out, other channels are now on the table to compete for airing rights, such as ESPN, a Turner network, and even Showtime.

“I haven’t spoken to them (Showtime). But there would be no impediment to that. When I get back next week, Stephen (Espinoza) will be one of the guys I’m calling,” he said.

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Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Called An “Embarrassment” With Contracts Still Unsigned And No Tickets On Sale

Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Called An “Embarrassment” With Contracts Still Unsigned And No Tickets On Sale

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We thought it might never happen, but we found out in February that the much-awaited fight in the ring between two of the best boxers of this generation, Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will reportedly (and finally) be taking place on May 2 at Las Vegas’ famous MGM Grand.

And for the nth time, it seems we’re almost back where we all started, with all the waiting and wondering whether or not it’s truly a go with these two. Why? We’re down to 10 days before the supposed big fight and the contracts have yet to be signed and tickets aren’t even on sale yet. For real.

Who’s to blame this time? Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank, says the ball is on Mayweather’s side—specifically his adviser, Al Haymon.

In a recent interview, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports that the delay could be so Mayweather’s camp could sell more tickets on the secondary market. Pacquiao’s own adviser, Michael Koncz, seemed to agree with the theory, telling Iole, “This is Haymon and Haymon alone. He is trying to keep us from getting what we’re due in the agreement we signed.” Mayweather Promotions, the lead promoter for the fight, had no comment about the allegations.

Even Oscar De La Hoya, who used to promote Mayweather’s fights, blamed Floyd and his group for the delay.

“This is mind-boggling. This is shocking, but at the same time, we understand what is going on,” De La Hoya added to Iole. “This is the Al factor. This is what you get when you deal with Al.”

De La Hoya even taunted the fighters on Twitter recently by offering a free ticket to the upcoming Canelo Alvarez vs. Kames Kirkland fight to anyone who could send him a photo of their Mayweather-Pacquiao ticket. Of course, we all know that doesn’t exist yet.

A fan amused the boxer by sending a photo of a poorly handwritten ticket, to which De La Hoya responded, “Good one!” but later tweeting, “Sorry but the contest is over and nobody has #MayPac tickets as of today with less than two weeks to go. #FansFirst #wheresmyticket”

It’s clear that everyone thinks the whole thing is incredulous. Even Iole, who is a Hall of Fame boxer himself, called it a “farce” and an “embarrassment.”

“The biggest event in boxing history is rapidly turning into its greatest embarrassment,” Iole wrote. “And that’s saying something considering the long and mostly sordid history of professional boxing.”

ESPN’s Darren Rovell tried to ask Arum about the possibility of the fight not pushing through at all and Arum answered by saying even the governor of Nevada could step in and do whatever he has to do to make the fight happen.

What are your opinions on the issue?

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Bob Arum: Dave Chappelle’s Son “Could Be A Major Boxer”

Bob Arum: Dave Chappelle’s Son “Could Be A Major Boxer”

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Comedian Dave Chappelle’s son Sulayman could have a future in boxing, at least according to Manny Pacquiao’s very own promoter, Bob Arum.

Arum’s honorable endorsement comes in the heels of Dave himself telling reporters that he thinks his son has talent. Turns out it wasn’t just a statement made out of favoritism and it’s a good thing that his son has been honing his skills at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles, where Pacquiao has been training for many years.

If Sulayman really is “pretty good” as Arum promises, we hope to see him in the ring and under the spotlight very soon!

Check out the video of Arum’s interview about Chappelle’s son below:

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Another Deal On The Table For Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

Another Deal On The Table For Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

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Another deal has reportedly been made for the greatly speculated $200 million Pacquiao versus Mayweather blockbuster fight on May 2.

You may remember last week that an Abu Dhabi investment group just took back their $120 million offer for Floyd Mayweather Jr. after refusing to say yes to meeting Manny Pacquiao in the ring. Perhaps the group have gotten impatient with the undefeated American boxer, as have a million other boxing fans and sponsors.

We’re not sure if it will make a difference this time, but the deal entails that Pacquiao will receive $80 million and Mayweather $120 million from the fight (60-40 revenue) and according to Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, Pacquiao and Mayweather’s “representatives” have agreed to the deal.

As usual, everyone awaits Mayweather’s long overdue decision.

Arum told Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports.

“I’m not trying to force anybody’s hand, I’m just saying, ‘Hey, we’ve agreed to everything, period.’ The people we have talked to on Mayweather’s side have agreed to everything. Now we need Mayweather to step up and say, ‘Yeah, I’m on board. I agree.'”

Do you think he finally ever will?

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Bob Arum: Mayweather Doubts He’ll Win Against Pacquiao

Bob Arum: Mayweather Doubts He’ll Win Against Pacquiao

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After months and months of speculation as to why the undefeated American boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. hasn’t exactly said yes to a dream fight against Filipino boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Mayweather’s former boxing promoter is saying that the former is actually worried that he won’t do very well.

Bob Arum says that it’s not likely that the fight will push through, almost as impossible as the lefty Pacquiao fighting with his right hand.

It’s frustrating for boxing fans like us, especially after the two boxers have toyed with the idea of fighting this year, and then next year. The problem is, both are expected to retire in 2015. It’s especially tiring to wait for the proud Mayweather, who has repeatedly avoided signing the contract, after previously commenting on the allegedly illegal testing procedures on Pacquiao.

Arum said, “I promoted the guy for 10 years, and I know how difficult it was to get him in the ring with any southpaw. When you talk about a southpaw who can move like Manny, that’s not the kind of opponent that Mayweather feels he would do  well against. That’s the problem.”

Aside from Mayweather being supposedly afraid of ruining his current record of 47 wins and 0 losses, Arum says Mayweather has a multi-dollar deal with Showtime, the rival company of HBO (promoter of Pacquiao’s fights).

“I don’t think Mayweather will ever agree to fight Pacquiao, particularly while he has a cushy deal with Showtime.  He makes money fighting anybody.”

We’re guessing Pacquiao is also getting very impatient, after already agreeing to a fight with his #1 rival. Meanwhile, Pacquiao is gearing for his battle against another unbeaten American world boxing champion, Chris Algieri, this coming November.

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Pacquiao: I “Won’t Waste Time” Waiting For Mayweather

Pacquiao: I “Won’t Waste Time” Waiting For Mayweather

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It looks like we may have to wait even longer for that dream fight that we thought was going to happen soon, after legendary boxers Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather finally told the world that they are “willing to fight” and decide who was the best after all.

That is, if it was ever going to happen.

We’ve learned that Pacquiao, who’s currently doing a world tour with Chris Algieri to promote their upcoming welterweight title fight in November in Macau, is moving on rather than waiting for Mayweather’s go signal.

When asked about his undefeated rival, Pacquiao joked in front of reporters on Monday in Macau, “Who’s that?”

His famed coach, Freddie Roach, however, was more serious when he established the fact that the two may never be seen in one ring. He told reporters, “We can’t waste our time waiting for him. We’ve done everything we could to make that fight happen. It’s like, we’re available if he’s interested in it, but again we can’t sit around waiting for him.”

Everyone seemed pessimistic after Mayweather was not pleased about Pacquiao’s drug testing procedures in training.

Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, admitted on Monday though that although it’s been difficult to work things out legally, the much-awaited, highest-costing fight in the history of boxing can now take place. It’s ultimate possibility is now in the hands of just one person.

“With Showtime and HBO wanting the fight and Manny wanting the fight, there is one little step to take and that’s to see where Floyd stands.”

Hopefully, Mayweather gives in before Pacquiao retires in 2016.

Meanwhile, we can expect to see the eight-division world champion defend his title against the undefeated WBO junior welterweight title-holder Algieri on November 23 in Cotai Arena, Macau.

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