So after a very brief retirnement, Manny Pacquiao is back in the boxing bussiness and will be fighting highly rated Jessie Vargas on 05 November 2016. There is not much of a buzz around Pacquiao fight this time as HBO has pretty much ditched Pacquiao in favour of Andre Ward vs Kovalev which will be taking place two weeks after Pacquiao-Vargas. Bob Arum, Pacqiao’s promoter has announced that Top Rank will be negotiating a PPV contract directly with cable companies. How this move pan out is remain to be seen for the US viewers but international audiance will have the quality coverage via their local channels. In the UK SkySports is likely to broadcast this fight but its yet to be confirmed.
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Pacquiao vs Vargas TV Coverage Details: The fight is confirmed for Saturday, 05 November 2016 and as the things stand Bob Arum is forcing his way to make it a PPV night which in all honesty looks unlikely. HBO has ditched Pacquioa and networks like CBS, NBC and ABC has made offers but Arum is holding out to broadcast the fight live via Top Rank PPV. Risky move considering Pacquiao has failed to live up to PPV expectations post Mayweather fight.
If it does confirmed as PPV, US viewers can just order the fight via their local cable providers just like they would have done if it was a HBO or Showtime event. As far as international viewers are concerned, SkySports is likely to broadcast the fight in the UK while Solar Sports is likely to produce live feed in Philippines.
Another Philipine star NONITO Donaire is set to feature on the undercard against yet to be announced opponent. Magdaleno is widely tipped to face Donair on Novemer 5th. Whatever way Top Rank chooses to distribute the PPV, it will be a hard sell. If they fight do anthing near 300,000 buys it will be a success and we can safely assume Pacquiao will call for a rematch against Mayweather if he wins against Vargas with a knockout or a solid performance.
More details about the PPV and undercard will be announced on 8th September in the official press conference. We will update the page after the event.