ESPN’s coverage of Pacquiao vs. Horn a rare treat for boxing fans – Sporting News

Manny Pacquiao’s next fight may not be as sexy as Floyd Mayweather’s, but it’s going to cost a lot less change to watch.

In fact, Pacman’s bout against Australian Jeff Horn won’t cost anything beyond what most boxing fans pay for cable. ESPN and ESPN Deportes will offer live coverage of the July 1 event, beginning at 9 p.m. ET from Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

While a PPV price for Mayweather’s Aug. 26 boxing match against UFC star Conor McGregor has not been revealed, some fight observers are expecting it to be close to $100.

Being able to watch a fighter of Pacquiao’s caliber for free is a rare treat. There has not been a non-PPV Pacquiao fight in 11 years, his promoter, Top Rank boss Bob Arum, said Monday on ESPN 

“Working with (Pacquiao’s promoter) Top Rank on a match normally seen on pay-per-view is a significant moment for ESPN and for boxing fans,” ESPN president John Skipper said

Arum added, “We are excited that ESPN will air this fight throughout the U.S. in both English and Spanish. It’s going to be an unbelievable event.”

Branding the fight “The Battle of Brisbane,” ESPN has a suite of programming planned around the event, beginning June 30 with live coverage of the weigh-in on the 7 p.m. ET SportsCenter. During the week of June 26, ESPN will offer classic Pacquiao bouts via on-demand and streaming on the ESPN App.

The fight against Horn marks the 38-year-old Pacquiao’s (59-6-2, 38 KOs) first defense of the welterweight title he reclaimed in a unanimous-decision win over Jessie Vargas in November. Horn, 29, is 16-0-1 (11 KOs) and is a former school teacher and 2012 Australian Olympian.

ESPN’s coverage of Pacquiao vs. Horn a rare treat for boxing fans – Sporting News

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