On July 2 Pacquiao boxes little known Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia.
On Monday, it was officially announced that the fight will air on ESPN rather than on pay-per-view.
The Ring’s Mike Coppinger also reported that the deal marks the beginning of a Top Rank-ESPN arrangement that could see other stars like Terrance Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko fight on separate dates.
Teddy Atlas, Joe Tessitore, and former junior welterweight and welterweight titleholder Timothy Bradley – who fought Pacquiao 3 times – will be the commentators for the show, according to ESPN.
ESPN’s coverage of Pacquiao-Horn “The Battle of Brisbane” fight will begin on June 30 with live coverage of the Pacquiao and Horn weigh-in within SportsCenter on ESPN and within Golpe a Golpe on ESPN Deportes. During the week of June 26, ESPN will offer classic Pacquiao bouts via on-demand and streaming on the ESPN App. The live telecast will open with an eight-round middleweight rumble between Shane Mosley, Jr. The card will take place in Australia and ESPN will bring live coverage, which starts at 9 p.m. (EDT). The other two undercard bouts of the evening are scheduled to be: Michael Conlan vs. Jarrett Owen and Jerwin Ancajas vs. Teiru Kinoshita.
Pacquiao is 59-6-2 over the course of his illustrious career, but he has slipped since 2012, losing three of his last eight fights.
Well, that’s one way to avoid an underwhelming pay-per-view total. “Now, as he defends his world title in front of yet another anticipated record crowd, he will be doing it to his biggest US television audience on the world’s biggest and most prestigious sports network, ESPN”. Suncorp Stadium officials have secured an exemption to increase seating to 60,000 for the fight.