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    Pacquiao vs. Horn to Air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes

    PRESS RELEASE:

    Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, boxing's only eight-division world champion and the only sitting Senator to capture a world championship belt, will add another first to his burgeoning list of Hall of Fame-caliber accomplishments with his live debut on ESPN and ESPN Deportes (also streaming live on the ESPN app) on Saturday, July 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET. The fight will be called ringside by ESPN commentators Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas. They will be joined by guest analyst Timothy Bradley, Jr., a former two-division world champion recently trained by Teddy Atlas who has met Pacquiao three times in the ring, winning their first match in a decision. ESPN Deportes will pair Jorge Eduardo Sanchez and Juan Manuel Marquez to call the main event in Spanish, with prefight commentary from Pablo Viruega, Leopoldo Gonzalez, Claudia Trejos and Juan Manuel Marquez.

    Pacquiao, the Boxing Writers Association of America's reigning Fighter of the Decade, will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown against undefeated No. 1 contender and Brisbane's favorite son Jeff "The Hornet" Horn at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. This will be the first time Pacquiao has not fought on pay-per-view since Sept. 10, 2005, when he stopped Hector Velazquez in the sixth round -- 12 years and four weight divisions ago.

    ESPN’s coverage of “The Battle of Brisbane” will begin on Friday, June 30th, and includes live coverage of the Pacquiao and Horn weigh-in at 7 p.m. ET within SportsCenter on ESPN and within Golpe a Golpe on ESPN Deportes. During the week of June 26, classic Pacquiao fights will also be available on demand and streaming via the ESPN app, on both ESPN and ESPN Deportes, including Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton (5/2/2009), Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (11/12/11) and Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley (4/12/14).

    The July 1 telecast will also feature Irish Olympic hero Michael Conlan (2-0, 2 KOs), from Belfast, in a six-round featherweight bout against Jarrett "Juarez" Owen (5-4-3, 2 KOs), of Brisbane, and International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight world champion Jerwin "Pretty Boy" Ancajas (24-1-1, 16 KOs), of Cavite City, Philippines, defending his title against top-rated contender Teiru Kinoshita (25-1-1, 8 KOs), of Kobe, Japan. The live telecast will open with an eight-round middleweight rumble between Shane Mosley, Jr. (10-1, 7 KOs), of Pomona, Calif. and son of former three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley, and David Toussaint (10-0, 8 KOs), of Canberra, Australia.

    Saturday, July 1st on ESPN and ESPN Deportes

    9 p.m. - 10 p.m. ET: Top Rank Boxing: Undercards & Main Event Preview
    • Shane Mosley, Jr. vs. David Toussaint
    10 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. ET: Top Rank Boxing: Main Event
    • Michael Conlan vs. Jarrett Owen
    • Jerwin Ancajas vs. Teiru Kinoshita
    • Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff “The Hornet” Horn

    Sunday, July 2nd on ESPN Deportes
    12:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. ET - SportsCenter

    “Working with Top Rank on a match normally seen on pay-per-view is a significant moment for ESPN and for boxing fans,” said ESPN President John Skipper. “This fight, along with ESPN’s in-depth programming surrounding the fight, joins Wimbledon, Home Run Derby and the ESPYs in a stellar early July programming lineup.”

    "The world has followed amazing Manny since he burst onto scene in his U.S. debut in 2001, where he knocked out Lehlo Ledwaba to win his second of a record eight division world titles. We are excited that ESPN will air this fight throughout the U.S. in both English and Spanish. It's going to be an unbelievable event," said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
    "Manny Pacquiao has been one of the biggest global sports stars of his era, setting attendance and pay-per-view records for over the past decade. Now, as he defends his world title in front of yet another anticipated record crowd, he will be doing it to his biggest U.S. television audience on the world's biggest and most prestigious sports network, ESPN," said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. "To have ESPN, which has treated its viewers to NFL, College Football Playoff and NBA playoff games, add Manny's title fight to its roster is the biggest compliment one can give to Manny's star power and a great gift to sports fans."

    Promoted by Top Rank® and Duco Events, in association with MP Promotions, "The Battle of Brisbane: Pacquiao vs. Horn" is expected to attract a sellout crowd of 55,000 fans, eclipsing the previous Australian record of 38,000 set on March 1, 1992 when Azumah Nelson stopped Jeff Fenech in the eighth round to retain his World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight title. The battle between the two Hall of Famers took place at Princes Park in Melbourne.

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    Re: Pacquiao vs. Horn to Air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes

    Way to polish a turd Top Rank!

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    Re: Pacquiao vs. Horn to Air on ESPN and ESPN Deportes

    The Down Under "Green Hornet" and his trainer Korean Kato are in for an arse thrashing. HeheheL aHolla!
    Last edited by Radam G; 06-19-2017 at 09:58 PM.

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    I have not spotted the crazies yet. The green "Hornet" is in for an arse thrashing. Korean Kato will be of zero help. Holla!

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