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Pacquiao-Marquez 24/7; Broner-DeMarco; Hatton News

HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 16 Sports Emmy® Awards, returns for its 16th boxing installment with 24/7 PACQUIAO/MARQUEZ 4. Debuting SATURDAY, NOV. 17 (12:15-12:45 a.m. ET/PT), the all-access series follows the two elite fighters as they prepare for the fourth chapter of their spirited rivalry in an electric pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 8.

Episode #1

Debut: SATURDAY, NOV. 17 (12:15-12:45 a.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Nov. 17 (3:45 a.m.), 18 (10:30 a.m.), 19 (11:45 p.m.), 20 (noon, 8:30 p.m.), 21 (7:30 p.m., 2:05 a.m.), 22 (12:20 a.m.), 23 (7:30 p.m.) and 24 (10:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Nov 18 (12:10 a.m.) and 23 (9:30 p.m.)

HBO On Demand® availability begins: Nov. 20

In a departure from the traditional “24/7” format, the debut episode revisits the first three fights (in 2004, 2008 and 2011) of this epic rivalry. Included are new interviews with: Manny Pacquiao; Juan Manuel Marquez; trainers Freddie Roach and Nacho Beristain; Top Rank CEO Bob Arum; and HBO boxing commentator Larry Merchant.  The episode premieres immediately after World Championship Boxing® this Saturday night on HBO.

Episodes two and three of 24/7 PACQUIAO/MARQUEZ 4 debut on subsequent Saturdays – Nov. 24 (12:15-12:45 a.m.) and Dec. 1 (9:30-10:00 p.m.) – while the finale debuts Friday, Dec. 7 (8:00-8:30 p.m.), the night before the high-stakes welterweight bout. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand and HBO GO®.

“Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4” takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, December 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT, and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.

The executive producer of 24/7 PACQUIAO/MARQUEZ 4 is Rick Bernstein; senior producer, Dave Harmon; coordinating producer, Bentley Weiner; writer, Aaron Cohen. Liev Schreiber narrates

BILLY NELSON ON DeMARCO-BRONER LIVE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT ON BOXNATION

Cincinnati’s Adrien ‘The Problem’ Broner is being touted as the ‘Next Big Thing’ in US boxing.

A serial smack talker who insists that his father or his girlfriend brushes his hair prior to conducting his post fight ring interview, the 23 year old ex WBO super-feather boss makes a formal rise to lightweight this Saturday when he challenges grizzled Mexican Antonio DeMarco for the WBC title at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.

Watch the fight live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation, The Channel of Champions, Sky Ch.437/Virgin Ch.546.  Join at www.boxnation.com

With Scottish star Ricky Burns defending his title against Liam Walsh on the big December 15th card at London’s ExCeL, there’s a strong possibility that whoever prevails will be pitched with the winner of Broner and DeMarco in the New Year and, consequently, the ever improving two-weight WBO champion’s head coach Billy Nelson has been scrutinising DeMarco and Broner intensely .

Here he provides boxing writer Glynn Evans with an in depth analysis of Saturday’s fight and explains why neither would present an insurmountable problem for his ward if and when a unification match is made.

“Despite Broner going in as challenger for the title, I expect he’ll enter as a heavy favourite but, for me, it’s certainly no foregone conclusion.

DeMarco is a compact fighter who’s good at most things. He’s got a good accurate southpaw jab, hooks hard and has decent power; a particularly good left to the body.

On the downside I don’t think DeMarco’s defence is too great. I’m not saying he’s easy to hit but he’s definitely hittable and appears susceptible to being cut.

I’ve followed Broner’s last five or six fights and have to say I think he’s a wee bit overrated. When he became Ricky’s mandatory, when Ricky held the WBO super-featherweight title, I had no problems accepting Broner as an opponent. I wasn’t worried about him one jot.

The only reason the Broner fight never happened then was because it became very apparent that Ricky could no longer make super-featherweight safely. We certainly weren’t ducking him. That annoys me.

If Broner wins on Saturday, and a unification fight can be made up at lightweight, we’d snap their hands off. That’s the fight we want, trust me. Broner has an act but acts don’t hurt you. Words don’t hurt you. Punches hurt you as Broner will discover if ever he gets inside a ring with Ricky Burns.

Broner definitely has good hand speed but he tries to mimic that Floyd Mayweather defence and he’s certainly not perfected it like Floyd has. He still takes enough shots and he’s not really fought at the elite level yet. Antonio DeMarco hits plenty hard enough to trouble him on Saturday night. If he lands clean, DeMarco possesses the power to hurt Broner, big time.

And I think Broner has stamina issues. True, he’s only been taken into the deeper rounds a few times but, on the occasions that that has happened, he’s looked far from impressive. I actually thought he lost against Daniel Ponce De Leon (Broner unanimously won on points over ten rounds in March 2011). Broner’s not been 12 rounds yet and only past six rounds twice. If he does start flagging in the championship rounds, he’ll be found out by DeMarco.

To win, DeMarco doesn’t want to get drawn into a brawl too early and definitely needs to keep his back away from the ropes. Broner can set cute traps, if you let him.

My advice to DeMarco would be to box his way into the fight behind that long jab, then start switching his heavier shots, up and down. I don’t believe Broner’s as effective in the middle of the ring or when he has a high workrate to contend with. DeMarco then needs to start sinking in the body shots as early as possible in an attempt to draw the strength out of Broner.

Either way, I expect it to go to points. I’m anticipating more of a technical fight with both very wary of the other’s power. That might suit Broner more and I think he should triumph. Most of DeMarco’s best wins have come against opponents who stood in front of him but I think he’ll have difficulty with Broner’s awkwardness. Broner’s skill set is definitely better.

Whatever, I don’t think we’ll be watching anything that Ricky Burns will lose any sleep over. Ricky beats ‘em both. Neither could cope with his range, speed or body shots and, as he showed against Kevin Mitchell, up at lightweight he hits every bit as hard as the other top guys in the division.

Broner likes to fight at his own slow pace, similar to how Jeff Lacy did, and when you take them out of that comfort zone with workrate, they start to come apart at the seams.

Also, thus far, down at super-feather, Broner has always enjoyed a notable size advantage. He’ll get the fright of his life when he sees the size of Ricky Burns, then has to cope with Ricky’s industry, speed and strength for 12 hard championship rounds.

Don’t expect to see Broner’s daddy coming his hair after Ricky’s done with him!”

Tickets for the ExCeL London show on Saturday 15th December, featuring an action-packed line up including Ricky Burns v Liam Walsh for the WBO World Lightweight title, George Groves v Glen Johnson for the Commonwealth Super-Middleweight title and Billy Joe Saunders v Nick Blackwell for the Commonwealth and Vacant British Middlewight title, priced at £40, £50, £75, £100, £150 and £200, are available from Eventim at www.eventim.co.uk or 0844 249 1000

Ricky Hatton comeback bout available to more fans than ever before and free to troops serving abroad

Ricky Hatton has ensured more fans than ever before will be able to watch his comeback bout against Vyacheslav Senchenko on November 24, by confirming the fight will be broadcast across three television platforms and in selected cinemas and pubs up and down the country.

In addition, the fight will be screened free of charge to servicemen in Camp Bastion and British army bases around the world, with the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS).

Primetime, the exclusive broadcast partner for the fight, will broadcast the fight via its regular TV outlets Sky and Virgin, but TalkTalk will also pick up the event and broadcast the fight via the TalkTalk Player on their new YouView boxes.

TalkTalk is celebrating the ring-return of ‘The Hitman’ by offering the event as a gift to its YouView TV customers.

Hatton said: “I’m humbled to have the best fans in world boxing and this way, more than ever will be able to watch my comeback.

“Primetime and ourselves have ensured this will be available to everyone and I thank every single one of my fans individually.

“I'm also absolutely delighted that the fight will be shown to our troops around the world. These guys are the real heroes and to be able to give something back, even something so small in comparison, is brilliant.

“I wore my poppy with pride on Remembrance Day and I hope to do them proud on November 24.”

In addition to Hatton, viewers will also be able to watch an incredible undercard featuring the likes of Rendall Munroe, Scott Quigg, Sergey Rabchenko and Martin Murray’s world title fight against fellow unbeaten fighter Venezuelan Jorge Navarro.

Ricky Hatton vs. Vyacheslav Senchenko will be shown live on Saturday 24th November for only £14.95. To order on Sky call 0871 200 4444 or to see full list of where and how you can watch go to: http://www.primetimeboxing.co.uk

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by turnedup on 11-13-2012

[QUOTE=marvin douglas;12694553]Pac vs. Jmm IV just doesn't do it for me. It's right in the middle of football season and I don't see that much interest for it. I doubt I'll watch it. I'll probably be at one of those…

Comment by WESS on 11-13-2012

PPV fights or most any BIG fight has always been "free for the troops". It's called AFN.

Comment by Dr Rumack on 11-13-2012

24/7 has been hit and miss lately. Personally I found Cotto-Mayweather to be one of the most boring yet. I wish they would try to have it a bit more in the traditional fly-on-the-wall documentary style, like the Fight Camp…

Comment by marvin douglas on 11-13-2012

Pac vs. Jmm IV just doesn't do it for me. It's right in the middle of football season and I don't see that much interest for it. I doubt I'll watch it. I'll probably be at one of those early…

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