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Manny Pacquiao's Showtime Run is About To Be Over

By Michael Marley

Showtime's involvement with Manny Pacquiao is one and done, at least for the time being.

I'm hearing that Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum, who has been sunnning himself in the idyllic setting of the souuth of France, will be in New York City, which has lately been the Baked Apple, on Wednesday or Thursday to confirm that HBO will handle the Nov. 12 Juan Manuel Marquez-Pacman III bout to be held in Las Vegas.

When I last spoke to Arum, all he would reveal was that he was closely dissecting offers from both TV entities in a high tech manner.

"I am pouring over the offers from both, I brought my IPad to France," Arum said.

HBO, of course, had been regularly showing the Pinoy Idol's fights across the United States until Arum selected a broadcast deal from rival Showtime for Pacquiao's lackluster bout against a tired Sugar Shane Mosley in May.

Meanwhile, reliable scribe Ronnie Nathanielz writes from the Philippines that contrversial Canadian Mike Koncz is back in the saddle as chief adviser to Pacquiao after Koncz arrived in Manila and huddled with the Fighting Congressman.

"They've gone back to HBO, nothing against Showtime, because for the trilogy bout with Marquez, HBO has come up with a superior offer," a source in the know told me Monday morning.

It's a feather in HBO's cap especially in the prime cable network's Ross Greenburg, president of sports and boss of boxing, leaving the network after 33 years in its employ.

Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler have taken the grasp on HBO boxing matters although boxing adivser Kery Davis remains in his position.

And, if robins are a harbinger of spring, then maybe Pacman's return to HBO is a harbinger of the so called Dream Fight between Manny and Floyd Mayweather Jr. getting made in 2012.

Now HBO has both Mayweather and Pacquiao back in its boxing programming lineup.

Mayweather takes on live underdog Vicious Victor Ortiz on HBO on Sept. 17.

Oh, one more Pacland tidbit: With the continuing speculation that fun to watch, amusing to listen to lightweight champion Brandon Bam Bam Rios will soon move up to 140 pounds comes the rumor, and that is all it is at this point, that a Rios-Tim Bradley title bout might be made for next year with the idea that the winner gets a shot at Pacquiao.

That's a collission I think we would all like to see, Rios-Bradley.

Bradley is mired in litigation now with Thompson Promotions and Big Gary Shaw and is rumored to be keen on inking a deal with Top Rank if and when he is free to do so.

Maybe Bruce Trampler, the TR matchmaker, can put Dennis DSource Guillermo, my lively Examiner colleague, on the undedcard against wild and wooly Timothy James Sladeck, Koncz's archenemy, on the undercard.

Tags: Manny Pacquiao image   HBO image   Showtime image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pacquiao'd on 07-26-2011

[QUOTE=-Genesis-;10895178]That's too bad for boxing. Showtime had a lot more to offer mainstream wise.[/QUOTE] yeah. which is why the numbers for the pac mosley fight still havent been released. bwaahaha they offer alot more...bwahaha

Comment by Mr. Fantastic on 07-25-2011

Reliable scribe - Ronnie Nathanielz. WTF!?!?

Comment by mauryj on 07-25-2011

is it because he's been on and off Pac's payroll or an entourage handout for years without ever disclosing it in his articles...

Comment by Gino Ros on 07-25-2011

[QUOTE=edgarg;10897830]Yes the silly sap's erudition is on a per with his knowledge of homophonics. And to be half intelligent, a guy needs BOTH in the worst way. Anything else shows abysmal ignorance combined with stupidity. THIS, he's GOOD at doing.…

Comment by mathed on 07-25-2011

Yeah,yeah...turmoil in the Pac camp just like before the Cotto fight when Pac commenced to blow Cotto away.

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