First it was Floyd Mayweather, Jr. poaching all potential sparring partners from Manny Pacquiao.
It’s inarguable that Pacquiao’s best chance lies in his ability to outwork a fighter who’s frequently forced opponents into an offensive shell with a penchant for precision counterpunching.
Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Sports EVP, speaks about negotiating the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, perhaps the most complex and lucrative fight deal in history.
The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is so naturally radiant that the two participants eschewed the obligatory, cross-country, promotional tour.
Experts have wondered if this fight, in a strict boxing sense, was announced five years too late. Maybe. But it doesn’t matter.
Let’s discard the nonsense that this is just another fight, or that it doesn’t feed a starving sport.
Boxing purists will tell you that boxing never died and it’s doing better than ever. Casual Sports fan will tell you that Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao is the last great fight in boxing forever.
Paulie Malignaggi is a current professional boxer who joined Ed and Steve to talk about the upcoming Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight.
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A report just crawled across my flatscreen, with Bob Arum asserting that the dueling networks, HBO and Showtime, have basically agreed on broadcasting rights for a Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao bout in May.
Floyd, you’re great. While I can’t concede the greatest, and I wince when you compare yourself favorably to The Greatest (Muhammad Ali), I’ll give it that you’re the best of your time.
By every account, Manny Pacquiao has agreed to every nuance of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s demands, including rampant PED testing, a smaller share of the epic purse, and a lower perch on the glittering marquee.