Marv Albert is returing to NBC to work as the blow-by-blow announcer for the Premier Boxing Champions series that will bow on the Peacock next month.
Albert will be joined by analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard for the debut of PBC on NBC in primetime Saturday, March 7 at 8:30 p.m. (ET). Al Michaels will host.
Albert previously worked at NBC Sports for more than 20 years, serving as the primary play-by-play announcer for the NBA on NBC, and he called the action on properties including the NFL, NHL, MLB, college basketball, boxing, and horse racing.
His debut PBC on NBC boxing show on the broadcast network -- its first since May 20, 1985 features a pair of bouts -- Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero, and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr. -- live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Beginning with the first show, NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live “PBC on NBC” boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing. The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.
All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBC Sports Live Extrais available for desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, on select devices within Google Play, and on windows phones and tablets.
“I’m so thrilled to be part of boxing’s primetime return to NBC, where I’ve had the good fortune to have been ringside for the call of so many exciting moments,” Albert said.
“Marv’s expertise and big-event voice make him the ideal choice to call boxing’s return to primetime broadcast television,” said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “Through the years, Marv has had many memorable boxing calls, and will now add his passion to the PBC on NBC.”
Additional announcers for NBC Sports Group’s PBC on NBC will be named in the coming weeks.