Monday, 30 April 2018 01:47

Pacquiao vs Matthysse TV broadcast details: Top Rank to serve as partner

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What channel / network will host Manny Pacquiao vs Lucas Matthysse?

Will it be on free HBO, HBO PPV, ESPN, ESPN+ or something else?

So far, no network has been confirmed.

And for the first time in over 17 years, Pacquiao will be fighting without the promotional services of Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc., the company that has guided Manny during most of his career.

However, Top Rank will serve as a broadcast partner for Pacquiao vs Matthysse instead.

“No problem with Top Rank as they will handle the broadcast of the fight in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico and this agreement has already been reached and signed,” Michael Koncz, Pacquiao's adviser, told via a text message a few weeks ago.

So who will promote Pacquiao vs Matthysse?

Answer: Pacquiao MP Promotions will co-promote the event with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, which handles Lucas Matthysse.


Pacquiao vs Matthysse
WBA Regular Welterweight Title
July 14, 2018
Axiata Arena
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ESPN is likely but...

Team Pacquiao is keeping Top Rank on-board for the latter's television distribution connections and, more specifically, its relationship with ESPN.

Last year, Pacquiao vs Jeff Horn, which was broadcast on ESPN, was the most-watched boxing telecast on cable television since 2006.

The fight peaked during the final half hour of their fight with 4.4 million viewers across ESPN networks, averaging 3.1 million viewers across ESPN, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN’s streaming options.

Solid numbers, especially considering Jeff Horn was an unknown in the U.S.

Perhaps the biggest question is: If ESPN will broadcast Pacquiao vs Matthysse, in which network arm will it land?

Will it be regular ESPN, ESPN+ which is $4.99/month but has a 7 day free trial, ESPN2 or ESPN3?

Perhaps Top Rank and ESPN are still trying to estimate how much revenue could be generated by broadcasting the fight on ESPN+?

A lot of fans who wouldn't have paid for Pacquiao vs Horn might shell out $5 for Pacquiao vs Matthysse because both fighters are accomplished big names.

We'll update this page when Pacquiao vs Matthysse channel confirmation is received.