Report states Top Rank strikes deal with ESPN, Pacquiao to fight on network July 1st

June 17, 2017

CBS Sports reports that Manny Pacquiao’s July 1st fight against Jeff Horn will be on ESPN to kick off a new Top Rank series with the network.  No word what the new alignment means with Top Rank’s longstanding relationship with HBO.

A report indicates that the new partnership with ESPN will also telecast Vasyl Lomachenko against Orlando Salido.  In August, it will also air a fight featuring Terence Crawford.

The new deal coincides with ESPN’s current series with Golden Boy Promotions which features young prospects.

Payout Perspective:

The news is another attempt this week to usurp the news cycle for the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev.  Earlier this week we had the Mayweather-McGregor news and now the Pacquiao on ESPN news.  This could be a major shift in programming for Boxing and ESPN.  An interesting move considering the number of layoffs that occurred at ESPN and that Top Rank has had a long relationship with HBO.  With that being said, Pacquiao returning to “free” television (not PPV) should boost ratings for a fight that many would not pay $60.  But, with it going being cable, it will be a ratings boon.

14 Responses to “Report states Top Rank strikes deal with ESPN, Pacquiao to fight on network July 1st”

  1. d on June 17th, 2017 9:45 PM

    Wow. That is desperation. This is what happens when you are no longer a ppv draw.

  2. Fight Fan on June 18th, 2017 6:43 AM

    Wow gonna do some big numbers for sure.

  3. Fight Fan on June 18th, 2017 1:26 PM

    Desperation is the ufc lmao 4 billion in debt and the only way they can sell a ppv is to have their fighter get smashed in boxing. Haha

  4. Wil on June 18th, 2017 4:56 PM

    Another fight series on ESPN? Well hot damn baby!

  5. TopsE on June 18th, 2017 11:55 PM

    May pac 2 setup

  6. Fight Fan on June 19th, 2017 9:08 AM

    Tops I’m thinking the same thing. Floyd whoops McTapper and puts himself back at the top of the boxjng world setting up either a fight with manny or Canelo

  7. d on June 19th, 2017 3:25 PM

    Boxing fans praying that Mayweather comes back for another fight. Haha. Keep dreaming!

  8. Marco Contreras on June 19th, 2017 8:03 PM

    Tc better be promoted he is the future

  9. Caramel City on June 19th, 2017 10:52 PM

    Great news.
    More of the biggest and best on tv.
    Boxing is doing great right now

  10. el buffalo on June 20th, 2017 9:11 AM

    According to the Ring story, ESPN has quality control over what fights they get. Same as with the current Golden Boy deal (Golden Boy doesn’t get a license fee however).

    That’s a win for the network and boxing fans.

  11. Joey Vagas on June 20th, 2017 11:10 PM

    Congrats ESPN!!! For doing what’s right.

  12. d on June 21st, 2017 7:17 AM

    No way this lasts. They won’t have the money to cover the purses and overall costs. Cable tv ratings don’t draw the numbers they will require. My guess is they are going to put a few big fights and then turn it into another set of Friday Night, low level pro fights.

  13. Fight Fan on June 22nd, 2017 1:20 PM

    Meltdown for d! Lmao how’s that 4 billion coming along?

  14. d on June 22nd, 2017 9:24 PM

    Better than PBC’s -700m. HAHAHA!!

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