HBO is hoping to give the pay-per-view category a late-year revenue punch with three bouts beginning in October, including the proposed ring return of pound-for-pound boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.
First up is an Oct. 6 rematch between former featherweight champions Manny Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera, according to HBO officials. The fight, in which Barrera will look to avenge a 2003 loss to Pacquiao, will retail at a suggested price of $49.95.
The network is also working on a proposed Dec. 8 Mayweather-Rickey Hatton PPV fight from Las Vegas. The bout would be Mayweather’s first since generating a PPV-record 2.1 million buys in his May 5 win over “Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya.
Arguably pound for pound the best fighter in the world, the undefeated Mayweather would return to the ring after stating that he would retire after beating de la Hoya.
HBO officials would not comment on the proposed fight, but Mayweather’s close friend and adviser, Leonard Ellerbe, told ESPN.com the current welterweight champion already signed on to fight Hatton, the undefeated junior-welterweight champion.
ESPN.com is also reporting that HBO is negotiating a Nov. 10 PPV bout between reigning welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and former division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley.
With the three proposed fights -- combined with scheduled PPV-boxing cards Aug. 8 (David Diaz-Erik Morales lightweight-championship fight) and Sept. 15 (Juan Manuel Marquez-Jorge Barrios junior lightweight title bout) -- HBO will offer PPV events every month for the rest of the year.