Game Changer? (Manny Pacquiao vs Shane Mosley, SHOWTIME, CBS)
By Steve Kim, MaxBoxing (Jan 26, 2011) Special to Doghouse Boxing

What has been hinted for a short while is now done. Manny Pacquiao’s May 7th bout versus Shane Mosley will be distributed by Showtime PPV and not by HBO. Just think about it, two of the biggest stars under the Top Rank umbrella are now associated with Showtime and not HBO.

Well, Ross Greenburg and Kery Davis wanted Bob Arum out of their lives, well, now they get their wish. I have to find out more just how far-reaching this deal is. (For the sake of Showtime subscribers I hope that it’s not like the Tyson-King deal the network made in the 90’s, as quality-control plummeted) . But I know the CBS aspect of this deal was very appealing to Top Rank.

With his continued animus with the HBO brass and his long-standing friendship with Les Moonves, the head of CBS, you had the recipe for this to go down.

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