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Arum: HBO Made Their Choice, Pacquiao Contract is Terminated

By Steve Kim

As BoxingScene.com previously reported, Top Rank is going to produce and distribute their November 5th pay-per-view event - which features the return of former eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38KOs).

Pacquiao, who announced his retirement back in April after beating Timothy Bradley, will challenge WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas (27-1, 10KOs) at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

This will be the first pay-per-view since 2010, involving Pacquiao, that wasn't distributed by HBO Sports. Top Rank presented the fight to HBO and the network took a pass. They already have a pay-per-view event scheduled for November 26th when Sergey Kovalev faces Andre Ward.

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Arum says there is no animosity with HBO Sports head Peter Nelson, but at the same time he cautions that his company will continue to produce and distribute future pay-per-view events without the involvement of HBO.   

"They made their choices, that's what they're getting paid to do, Peter Nelson. So he made his choice, which is fine - there's no animosity. But it opened up something that we've been trying to do and thinking about for a number of years. Why the hell aren't we distributing our own product?" said Arum.

"Absolutely [we'll continue to produce and distribute our own pay-per-view events], absolutely we intend to do that for all our fights and if there are any other promoters that want to do pay-per-view and are looking for a distributor, we're happy to do it."

And as far as Arum is concerned, Pacquiao no longer has an exclusive deal with HBO.

"The contract is terminated," Arum stated. "Will Manny Pacquiao go back to having HBO Pay-Per-View distribute his fights? I can't say never because we have to see how successful we are here."

Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Real Talk85 on 09-09-2016

Funny how after Floyd retired Manny couldn't carry his own name. The height of his celebrity is owed to him chasing Floyds shadow.

Comment by littlemac on 09-09-2016

Another fighter ruined by Floyd. This is why Bob and Pac didn't want it with Floyd early on. It would had cost them millions.

Comment by Mitchell Kane on 09-09-2016

We'll see how viable their own PPV's are. They've done it before, and my guess is they can try going that route with Oscar Valdez and Gilberto Ramirez next year or once Pacquiao retires, but they'll prolly need a network…

Comment by BM dnobagaV on 09-09-2016

PPV buy guesses? I'm guessing about 400. Any more would be a big shock. Seriously uninteresting fight, even 400 would be a stretch. Manny vs Bud or Broner would've easily done 1m+ Funny enough, Pacquiao is still the lineal champ…

Comment by Eff Pandas on 09-09-2016

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;17018529]Methinks this separation between Top Rank and HBO has been in the works a lot longer than the public realizes, or at least a lot longer than when it came to light.[/QUOTE] Yep I agree. I think when Nelson got…

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