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HBO Not Concerned With Pacquiao-Mosley Going Showtime

By Lem Satterfield

The departure of the mega-bout featuring Manny Pacquiao from HBO to CBS-Showtime pay per view for a May 7 defense of his WBO welterweight belt against three-division, five-time titlist Shane Mosley, does not concern HBO's President of Sports Ross Greenburg. Long-time staples on HBO, the 32-year-old southpaw Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 knockouts) and the 39-year-old Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) will clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in the first-ever appearance on Showtime for both fighters in a move by Top Rank Promotions' CEO, Bob Arum.

Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, acknowledged a big advantage presented by Showtime's ability to televise a multi-part series that is equivalent to HBO's 24/7 -- on CBS prime time. There is also CBS's ability to reach 115 million homes compared to HBO's 28 million homes.

"This is a one-fight deal. We'll just wait and see what happens after this fight. It's more a matter of us having established over 35 years as a brand at HBO boxing -- and I've been a part of it for 32 of those 35 years. This is not going to upset our position as the pre-imenant boxing network," said Greenburg.

"That's what we pride ourselves on, and we'll continue to look for the best fighters in the world. And if they're in the same division, then we'll match them up. That's what the public expects us to do, and that's what we'll continue to do."

Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at BoxingScene.com. To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here .

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Comment by led on 01-31-2011

[QUOTE=AL YANKAB*TCH;10033815]Anyone who believes they're not concerned is an idiot. How could they not be concerned? They just missed out on alot of money. Isn't that why they're in the business? To make money, right?[/QUOTE] [IMG]http://static.funnyjunk.com/pictures/8d72782c_5600_8417.jpg[/IMG]

Comment by PinoyZoi on 01-31-2011

"Its only 1 fight deal" lol

Comment by bluetuazon on 01-31-2011

[QUOTE=Poopsicle;10035175]I agree. They got Bradley-Alexander II in the works.[/QUOTE] lol....dude seriously......would devon vs. brad be a blockbuster hit after yesterday? i mean dude seriously??

Comment by simonsez02 on 01-31-2011

[QUOTE=Poopsicle;10035175]I agree. They got Bradley-Alexander II in the works.[/QUOTE] another boring fight fans don't want to see... If pac made a good PPV against clottey and Margacheato then what more with Moseley? Mosley is still Mosley.

Comment by ThePrince on 01-31-2011

[QUOTE=PrinceCharlez;10036303]...[/QUOTE] My dude... stop posting. Any one who claims HBO would turn down a Pacquiao PPV featuring a name commodity like Mosley is an idiot, plain and simple. You'll see how retarded your way of 'thinking' is when the Showtime…

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