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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

News & Notes: Pacquio-Mayweather

Arguably, five years too late, but its finally here.  As reported several days ago, undefeated WBA, WBC and Ring welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather (47 wins), will fight Filipino legend Manny Pacquio (WBO welterweight champion, 57-5-2).  'The Fight of the Century' will take place on Saturday night, May 2nd from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Per Sports Illustrated report, the combatants broadcast promoters (HBO and Showtime), will co-promote the event on Pay Per View, with Showtime/Viacom producing the event.  The blow by blow will be called by HBO's Jim Lampley, with Showtime's Al Bernstein as the lead analyst, along with Roy Jones. Max Kellerman and Jim Gray will be the reporters for each fighter, presumably with HBO's Kellerman with Pacquio and Gray with Pretty Boy Floyd.  Showtime's  James Brown and Paulie Malignaggi will host the card.

The May 2nd event could potentially culminate as one of the greatest sports days in recent memory.   On the schedule for the day include:

  • The Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs in Lexington on NBC
  • The NHL Playoffs, with an early game likely scheduled on NBC, preceding the race
  • The NBA Playoffs, airing on ESPN, TNT or both (schedule TBD)
  • The final day of the 2015 NFL Draft on NFL Network and ESPN
  • A full slate of MLB featuring likely national broadcast between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox

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