The boxing and cable industries have received an early Christmas president courtesy of Top Rank as promoter Bob Arum has set up a May 7 pay-per-view match between Manny Pacquiao and "Sugar" Shane Mosley.
According to reports, the bout will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with Pacquiao defending his WBO welterweight title.
Although HBO PPV has carried many of Pacquiao's fights in the past, including his most recent bout in November, it was unclear if it would distribute the upcoming bout with Moseley. HBO officials were on vacation and could not be reached for comment by press time.
Pacquiao's pummeling of Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium pounded out some 1.15 million pay-per-view buys and generated $64 million in PPV revenue. That was the second-biggest boxing card of the year behind the May 1 Floyd Mayweather-Mosley match, which garnered 1.4 million buys and $78.3 million in PPV revenue.
Boxing's pound-for-pound best Pacquiao (52-3-23, 38 KOs) will meet an experienced foe in the 39-year-old Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs), who was routed in his bout against Mayweather and then was held to a draw by Sergio Mora in a junior middleweight bout in September.
Of course, the sugar the boxing world wants to see, Mayweather-Pacquiao, remains in limbo considering the recent legal problems for the "Pretty Boy Floyd" and the pugilists' differences over drug testing, which KOd a proposed meeting earlier this year.