One-Two Punch

Boxing gets a one-two punch in national exposure this week with two big stories.  First, Floyd Mayweather JR will take on Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd to decide who is the pound for pound best fighter of their generation.  Then Premier Boxing Champions put together by Al Haymon has made deals with NBC, ABC/ESPN and CBS to put fight cards on free television.  Boxing was a staple of network television going all the way back to the 1950’s and some of Muhammad Ali fights were showing on ABC plus some were on prime time.    Some of the fighters like Adrien Broner will get the chance to show his skills in front of prime time audience.   Also some of the fights will be shown on NBCSN and Spike and there will be cross promotion for Spike/CBS for their fights and the fights on Showtime.   If the fights on free television are worth the ratings it could restart the fan base for boxing.  As far the Mayweather VS Pacquiao fight the MGM Grand is already sold out and the hotel rooms has been booked ahead of time.    The only problem I have with the fight is that it should have been done six years ago.

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