Pacquiao-Horn is set to take place on Sunday, July 2, at Suncorp Stadium in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane, Australia.
“Working with (Pacquiao’s promoter) Top Rank on a match normally seen on pay-per-view is a significant moment for ESPN and for boxing fans”, ESPN president John Skipper said. Longtime ESPN boxing commentators Joe Tessitore and color commentator Teddy Atlas will call the fights, along with former world titleholder – and Pacquiao rival – Timothy Bradley Jr.in the third analyst’s chair.
Top Rank chairman Bob Arum is excited for the bout.
“The world has followed awesome Manny since he burst onto the scene in his USA debut in 2001, where he knocked out Lehlo Ledwaba to win his second of a record eight division world titles”, Arum said. During the week leading up to the fight ESPN will air classic Pacquiao fights, including Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton (5/2/2009), Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (11/12/11) and Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley (4/12/14), on the ESPN app, ESPN Deportes as well as on demand. “It’s going to be an unbelievable event”, Arum said.
This is the first time a Pacquiao bout will be shown on basic cable.
Apart from the hotel, Koncz is also inspecting the facility that Pacquiao will use as training venue beginning June 26 as the eight-division champion won’t be arriving in Brisbane until nighttime of June 24. The live telecast will open with an eight-round middleweight rumble between Shane Mosley, Jr.
The fight against Horn marks the 38-year-old Pacquiao’s (59-6-2, 38 KOs) first defense of the welterweight title he reclaimed in a unanimous-decision win over Jessie Vargas in November.
Horn is undefeated in 16 outings with 11 knockouts under his name.
Well, that’s one way to avoid an underwhelming pay-per-view total.