Manny Pacquiao’s recent announcement to return to boxing against Jessie Vargas mainly for financial reasons has been heard by boxing fans all over the world with disbelief. After all, didn’t he take home over $150 million in his Floyd Mayweather fight?
To hear that a great boxer who’s done so much from the sport is forced to fight again at a late stage of his career for money rings fears that he’ll be busted up in time, or that he won’t be able to afford to quit fighting without hitting bankruptcy.
It is also unbelievable to learn that HBO won’t be covering Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Jessie Vargas.
A lot of critics say negative things about the matchup, that it’s such a mismatch that’s only set up for the real event, which is the Floyd Mayweather rematch.
Could this be the reason why HBO refuses to cover the bout?
The Pacman’s promoter Bob Arum refrained from giving more specifics about the fight coverage, but says he’ll be making a blockbuster announcement soon.
The fight won’t be at the usual venue in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas due to a conflict in schedule, and will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center instead.
HBO is reported to already have a fight scheduled between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev on the same month, and that they don’t want to hold two PPVs in the same month, which might weaken its value.
It’s possible that ESPN will be filling in for the task as PPV distributor, as reported by the LA Times.
Many feel Jessie Vargas is a mismatch for Manny, and it’s possible that HBO may consider it a hard sell as a PPV bout.
But Bob Arum shares nothing in detail, and everyone is left out to speculate why Manny Pacquiao vs Jessie Vargas will be broadcast through another network.
It’s just unbelievable how they’d refuse it and allow it to be potentially distributed by another company.
Meanwhile Manny Pacquiao will be beginning his training soon, and assures it won’t interfere with his responsibilities in the senate.
“I miss my boxing routine of training, the things I do for my sport every day, but I assure my people my fight and training will not affect my work as a senator,” Manny Pacquiao said in a report by ESPN.
“We will start early in the morning for my runs and gym training. There are no sessions or hearings in the senate at 6 or 7 a.m. They usually start earliest at 10 a.m., so I will be able to manage my schedule.”
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