Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pacquiao vs Hatton: Fight Update and News (HBO & Sky Box Office)

For historical purposes, I decided to collect some necessary info regarding the Pacquiao vs Hatton fight on May 2, 2009 (May 3 in our country). Pacquiao vs Hatton fight is lamely called "Battle of East and West". A Paclander's proposal to call the match "Never Back Down" is much cooler and more apt considering the style and temperament of the boxers. Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton just won't back down - on anyone.

Pacquiao vs Hatton Fight Television Coverers:
USA HBO PPV Telecast: 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT
Suggested Retail Price $ 49.95
Available in 71 million homes in the United States
Promoter Bob Arum chose HBO over Showtime. "It’s been resolved and I agreed to the deal. Nobody put a gun to my head. I know what HBO can do..."

For UK: Sky Box Office will cover the event
Prices: 14.63 pounds for UK 21.48 for Ireland (check official website).
For Filipinos in Britain, don't expect objective telecast esp. from Sky and BBC. Turn off the volume.

After much unnecessary drama, the Philippine TV coverage will still be with Solar Sports aired on free TV via GMA. Prepare for four hours of brutal ads-filled broadcast. It will also be available on PPV just check Solar's website.

Pacquiao vs Hatton Fight: 24 - 7
Manny Pacquiao is the second boxer ever to be featured in the award winning HBO series "24-7". This is one of the deals that clinched the fight for the network.
24-7 Schedules:

APRIL 11 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
APRIL 18 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)
APRIL 25 (9:35-10:00 p.m.)
MAY 1 (9:30-10:00 p.m.)

Purse Split 52 - 48 in favor of Manny Pacquiao confirmed by The Sweet Science website and Los Angeles Times.

Manny Pacquiao is Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) "2008 Fighter of the Year". Congratulations! BWAAHAHAHA to Lyle!!! His massive victory over De La Hoya in which the latter became a punching bag was the deciding factor. Ricky Hatton is on his way to the United States to complete his training.

Warning: Please be smart. Check HBO & Sky Sports for more updates as schedules and other things might change without prior notice.

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