Time Warner’s HBO bagged the broadcast rights for the third Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez fight.
Top Rank Inc. President Todd Duboef announced through his Twitter account that HBO Sports secured the distribution of the November 12 fight.
“After reviewing spectacular offers from HBO/TW and SHO/CBS, congrats to HBO/TW for securing distribution for Nov 12#boxing,” said Deboef.
Pacquiao’s most recent fight, a lopsided decision victory over Shane Mosley, was shown in CBS’ Showtime. Despite being criticized as a ‘boring’ fight, it earned the Filipino superstar the highest pay-per-view numbers of his career.
Michael Marley of Examiner.com earlier cited a source that Top Rank was likely to give its nod to HBO.
“They’ve gone back to HBO, nothing against Showtime, because for the trilogy bout with Marquez, HBO has come up with a superior offer,” the source told Marley.
Duboef reportedly likened it to great boxers making their return.
“In boxing we talk about great fighters coming back after a loss. Well, HBO came back just like a great fighter,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael.