CelebrityNews: Manny Pacquiao, one of the biggest stars in boxing history, is coming to ESPN.
Filipino welterweight legend will defend the world title against Jeff Horn, that fight along with the rest of the undercard will be broadcast live on ESPN from 9 p.m. ET on July 1 from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, after promoter Top Rank and the chain made a deal.
It will be the first time a Pacquiao fight will air live on basic cable and is his first unpaid bout to watch since he eliminated Hector Velazquez on HBO in September 2005.
The television broadcast of approximately 3 hours and a half will also be broadcast live on ESPN Deportes and live on the ESPN app. The fight will take place on Sunday afternoon, July 2 in Brisbane, but the 14-hour difference on the East Coast of the United States allows live broadcasting in prime time.
Veteran boxing commentators Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas, along with former world champion Timothy Bradley Jr., who faced Pacquiao three times and Atlas trains now, will comment on the fight from ringside.
Top Rank’s president Bob Arum, whose Top Rank Boxing series was a staple of ESPN’s programming from the 1980s to the mid-1990s, said he was excited to make the deal.
Arum will make the media rounds to promote the fight on a variety of ESPN shows on Monday (all ET times): Mike and Mike at 9:05 am, First Take at 10:40 am, SportsNation at 2:30 p.m. And Jalen and Jacoby at 4 p.m.
ESPN’s coverage of “The Battle of Brisbane” will begin on June 30th with SportsCenter live coverage of Pacquiao vs. Horn weighing during the 7 pm broadcast. ET. Also, during the week of June 26, there will be several classic fights of Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez III, and Bradley II – available under the On Demand system and stream through the ESPN application.
Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KO), 38, also a senator in the Philippines, regained the world welterweight title he lost to Floyd Mayweather when he knocked out Jessie Vargas in the second round and easily won a decision Unanimous in November. He will be making his first defense against Horn, Brisbane (16-0-1, 11 KOs) and 29, former school teacher and Australian Olympian 2012.
Horn may not be a known figure outside his home country, but the bout has taken Brisbane in an incredible way. Officials at Suncorp Stadium have secured an extension to increase capacity to 60,000 seats for the fight. Approximately 50,000 tickets have been sold, which means that the undercard will surpass the 38,000 Australian boxing attendance record at the Princes Park Football Ground in Melbourne for the light junior heavyweight championship of then-champion Azumah Nelson who knocked out in the eighth round Australian legend Jeff Fenech in the 1992 rematch between both members of the Hall of Fame.