Pacquiao airing rights to highest bidder


Posted at Mar 19 2013 10:13 PM | Updated as of Mar 20 2013 06:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao is largely unaffected by the rift between HBO and Golden Boy Promotions, according his adviser Michael Koncz.

Koncz said although Pacquiao has a live contract with Top Rank, which has ties with HBO, the boxer is free to choose whichever broadcasting network will air his fight.

"If HBO has a problem with Golden Boy and Showtime, that doesn't concern me. If Showtime has a problem with HBO and Top Rank, that doesn't concern me either,” said Koncz on RingTV.

"Top Rank is our promoter and we respect that. However, the way Manny's contract is written with our promoter, MP Promotions is co-promoter and has equal say in venues, broadcast networks, and various other issues,” he added.

Koncz said they may choose among HBO, Showtime, and Mexican networks Televisa and Azteca.

He said the next Pacquiao fight will go to the highest bidder.

“What can HBO, Showtime, Televisa or Azteca be willing to do for the benefit of Manny Pacquiao, one of the all-time greatest boxers? These discussions are ongoing," said Koncz.

But Top Rank’s Bob Arum dismissed Koncz’s statements.

He said Top Rank has sole discretion on the airing rights of Pacquiao’s bouts.

"Our contract with Manny Pacquiao is clear," said Arum.

"We have a contract until the end of 2014, and it provides clearly that his decisions are ours and ours alone. Manny Pacquiao will fight on HBO and HBO Pay Per View from now until as long as our contract is in effect."

HBO recently announced that it will no longer purchase fights from Golden Boy Promotions, which aligned with rival cable firm CBS-Showtime.

This means HBO Sports will be buying fights from other boxing promotions like Bob Arum’s Top Rank.