Pacquiao fight will start after Game 7 complete
June 8, 2012
With the Heat beating the Celtics Thursday night, Saturday night will be an ultra busy night of sports including the big fight between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley. To ensure that no one has to choose between a game 7 and the Pacquiao-Bradley fight, promoter Bob Arum has stated that the main event won’t start until the game is over.
As per most Pacquiao PPVs, Arum has the 6PM PDT/9PM EDT to 11PDT/2AM EDT PPV block of time and may actually need the additional time.
Bad Left Hook questions what will happen if the game goes into multiple OTs causing the HBO crew to stall and the fighters to wait. This could alter the outcome of the fight at most. And annoy all in attendance and watching on PPV at least.
Arum’s assurance that the fight won’t start until the game was over was needed to secure some of those last minute PPV purchasers. Arum makes that tacit admission that most will not be watching the undercard when as the PPV begins 30 minutes after the start of Game 7. In addition to Heat-Celtics, there’s the NHL Stanley Cup as the Kings could win it on Saturday night. Throw in the Belmont earlier that afternoon, and it’s a full day of sports that Arum hopes will be capped off by Pacquiao-Bradley. But, the last minute fiddling of the scheduled start time for the main event was needed to ensure fence sitting PPV buys.