HBO refutes claims of being obstacle to Mayweather-Pacquiao deal
Milan Ordoñez on Feb 03, 2015 10:12 AM
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MANILA – Cable network giant HBO has aired its side regarding the still elusive Mayweather-Pacquiao mega bout.
As the primary broadcaster of Manny Pacquiao’s pay-per-view bouts, HBO Sports has been taking flak for purportedly being the main hindrance for the fight to push through. Journalists mainly criticize the network for no longer having the same clout as it had in the past, particularly prior to Floyd Mayweather’s highly-publicized move to Showtime Sports.
“And this is where the pressure on HBO begins to build. It's no longer the 800-pound gorilla when it comes to broadcasting boxing,” Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole wrote in a previous column. “The Premier Boxing Champions series put together by Al Haymon is exerting significant pressure on any entity that televises boxing, including and perhaps primarily HBO.”
To add insult to injury, it is also believed that HBO’s decision to sever ties with Golden Boy Promotions in 2013 may have led to its “Cold War” with Top Rank Promotions, and Mayweather’s eventual decision to jump ship to Showtime.
On Monday afternoon, HBO decided to finally speak up about the matter. In an official statement they released, the network primarily took the blame off its side.
“We are not an impediment to this fight. We stand ready to go. The principals need to agree to terms and come to a deal,” the statement reads.
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