Top pay-per-view boxing draw Manny Pacquiao will step into the basic cable Tv ring when ESPN televises live the boxer’s July 1 fight against Jeff Horn.
Pacquiao, who will defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Horn in Australia, has fought his last 12 fights on PPV, including his PPV record-setting May 2015 fight against Floyd Mayweather.
ESPN Deportes will also air the fight live, along with the ESPN app, according to network officials.
“Working with Top Rank on a match normally seen on pay-per-view is a significant moment for ESPN and for boxing fans,” said ESPN President John Skipper in a statement. “This fight, along with ESPN’s in-depth programming surrounding the fight, joins Wimbledon, Home Run Derby and the ESPYs in a stellar early July programming lineup.”
ESPN’s coverage of Pacquiao-Horn “The Battle of Brisbane” fight will begin on June 30 with live coverage of the Pacquiao and Horn weigh-in within SportsCenter on ESPN and within Golpe a Golpe on ESPN Deportes. During the week leading up to the fight ESPN will air classic Pacquiao fights, including Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton (5/2/2009), Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (11/12/11) and Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley (4/12/14), on the ESPN app, ESPN Deportes as well as on demand, said the network.