- Bob Arum confirmed that HBO refused to distribute Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas’ fight
- “They made their choices. That’s what they’re paid to do.” – Bob Arum
- He emphasized that despite HBO’s decision, there’s no animosity between them
- The Pacquiao-Vargas fight will be distributed by Top Rank
Top Rank Inc. founder and CEO Bob Arum confirmed that HBO refused to distribute Manny Pacquiao and Jessie Vargas’ fight, making this the first pay-per-view of a fight of the “Pambansang Kamao” that wouldn’t be distributed by the United States’ oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service.
According to an article by Boxing Scene, Arum disclosed that they presented the fight to HBO, but the management took a pass.
As far as Arum is concerned, Pacquiao’s exclusive deal with HBO is already terminated.
“The fact that they passed means the contract is over, it seems clear to me.
“They can’t pick and choose which fights they are going to distribute. They’re either in breach of contract or they’ve ended the contract.
“My feeling is, based on my legal background, is that the contract is terminated.”
However, he emphasized that despite HBO’s refusal, there’s no animosity between them.
He said: “They made their choices. That’s what they’re paid to do, Peter Nelson. So he made his choice and that’s fine — there’s no animosity.”
In fact, the veteran boxing promoter said that what happened opened up something that Top Rank has been trying to do and thinking about for a number of years.
“Why the hell aren’t we distributing our own product? Absolutely, we intend to do that to all our fights, and if there are other promoters that want to do pay-per-view and are looking for a distributor, we’re happy to do it,” he said.
Pacquiao and Vargas, who are both promoted by Top Rank, will face each other on November 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.