Corporate stablemates Turner Sports and HBO Sports are stepping into the ring on a special to promote Saturday night’s pay-per-view fight.
Charles & Reggie: Toe to Toe with Manny Pacquiao will air exclusively on TNT on Thursday, Dec. 6. The 30-minute show, airing immediately following the network’s NBA coverage, will feature TNT analysts and NBA Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller spending a day with Manny Pacquiao at the gym in Hollywood, where he is training for his fourth encounter with Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Dec. 8 that will air on HBO PPV.
The special will showcase Miller running with Pacquiao through Griffith Park in Los Angeles; Barkley spending time with Pacquiao’s Hall of Fame trainer, Freddie Roach, at the famed Wild Card Gym; and the basketballers dropping in on one of Pacquiao’s intense training sessions.
“As a boxing fan, it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done,” said Barkley in a statement. Miller added, “As a professional athlete, it’s always interesting to learn how other elite athletes prepare themselves for competition. Training with Manny was an experience I’ll never forget.”
Charles & Reggie: Toe to Toe with Manny Pacquiao will lead out from TNT’s NBA doubleheader: Miami Heat hosting the New York Knicks at 8 p.m. (ET), followed by the Dallas Mavericks visiting the Phoenix Suns at 10:30 p.m.