- The Washington Times - Monday, June 19, 2017

For years, the best fights — even half decent ones — in boxing have been put on pay-per-view. The sport’s most notable names usually use the PPV model considering the large amounts of money it would fail to generate otherwise. 

On July 1, Manny Pacquiao and Top Rank Promotions are taking a different approach. 

ESPN announced Monday that Pacquiao’s fight against Jeff Horn will air on the network, making it his first non-PPV fight since 2005.

Pacquiao-Horn isn’t expected to be all that competitive, but it’s still a positive sign for the sport to maximize the number of people who can tune in to watch a star like Pacquiao fight. The card will take place in Australia and ESPN will bring live coverage, which starts at 9 p.m. (EDT). 

The Ring’s Mike Coppinger also reported that the deal marks the beginning of a Top Rank-ESPN arrangement that could see other stars like Terrance Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenko fight on separate dates. 

 

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