Arum Claims Pacquiao-Matthysse Will Be On PPV
It seemed that Manny Pacquiao had his sights set making a return to pay per view, when he faces Lucas Matthysse for his WBA welterweight title on July 14th.
Pacquiao’s last fight would prove to be a huge success for ESPN, as his loss to Jeff Horn in Australia was the highest rated boxing event on the channel since 2006.
Since the announcement of his fight with Matthysse, there has been a lot of questions regarding the relationship with not only his trainer Freddie Roach, but with Top Rank head Bob Arum.
Arum and Pacquiao’s management engaged in very public arguments over the Filipino boxers contractual status, and now it seems Arum and Pacquiao have reached a broadcast compromise.
When it comes to where the fight will air, Arum told Boxing Scene that, “we left that decision up to Manny and he wants it to be on pay-per-view.”
And while Pacquiao’s company and Golden Boy Promotions are promoting the event, Top Rank is not distributing this event to America through their relationship with ESPN.
“What we’re going to do on July 14th is we have a linear ESPN show that’s going to precede the pay-per-view and then we’re going to switch to Malaysia and do two championship fights and Pacquiao on pay-per-view,” Arum said.
Arum says of July 14th – “The linear ESPN card will be a full ESPN show but it will be reminding the viewers to buy the pay-per-view.”