In the midst of competition between rival networks, HBO and Showtime was in agreement for the biggest fight in boxing, Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao. The two faces of the boxing brand for the network, Ken Hershman of HBO and Stephen Espinoza of Showtime had praise for each other and their respective fighters after the announcement was made for the fight.
“”Everyone involved, including Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, knows this fight simply had to happen,” Espinoza said. “All of us are thrilled to be able to deliver this event to boxing fans around the world.”
“Now, for the second time under his current deal with Showtime Networks, Floyd Mayweather has agreed to fight an opponent that many people thought he’d never face. We set an all-time pay-per-view record with the first event back in September 2013, and we look forward to another record-breaking performance on May 2.”
Hershman was just as giddy for the record-setting fight that will take place on May 2nd in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand.
“Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been the two most prominent fighters in the sport of boxing for the past decade, and fight fans around the world have been clamoring for them to face each other,” stated Hershman. “And now, on May 2nd, in what everyone believes will be the biggest boxing event of all-time, fight fans have been granted their wish. May 2nd will be a signature moment for the sport of boxing and HBO Sports is thrilled to be a part of this spectacular event. I know the fighters and their teams will be primed to excel, and we plan to work closely with everyone involved to deliver the same level of performance from a broadcast perspective.”
HBO and Showtime have done this before, and Hershman said, “Tyson-Lewis broadcast was a great road map for this fight. It showed that this can be done successfully. There’s a lot of mechanics that go into this when two networks are working together, and those mechanics carry forward in terms of how things operate behind the scenes.”