SBD/January 24, 2011/Media

Showtime To Handle Pacquiao-Mosley PPV; "24/7"-Type Series In Works

Top Rank Chair Bob Arum has "closed a deal with Showtime and sister network CBS to handle" the May 7 Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley PPV fight instead of HBO, according to sources cited by Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. Both Pacquiao and Mosley "have never fought with Showtime's involvement and both have fought all of their numerous significant fights on HBO or HBO PPV." Sources said that part of the Showtime deal "will include CBS promoting the fight by running commercial spots advertising the pay-per-view during prime time programming." Also in development is a "series of preview shows that would run on CBS, or possibly Showtime, which would be similar to HBO's hit reality series '24/7.'" Rafael wrote the move is a "seismic shift in the boxing business landscape." Arum also recently "struck a deal with Showtime to handle the production and distribution" of the March 12 Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga PPV. However, Arum and HBO "are still doing business together" (ESPN.com, 1/21). Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz "acknowledged a big advantage" to Showtime's bid for the fight was its "ability to televise a multi-part series that is equivalent to HBO's 24/7 -- on CBS." Koncz: "We've worked with HBO for many, many fights, and it's always great working with them. But, you know, sometimes change is good for everybody involved. So we're making that change and we're going on Showtime this time. It's a big benefit for us, economically, and he's going to be getting wider viewership" (FANHOUSE.com, 1/21).
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