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Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn fight to air on ESPN July 1

Manny Pacquiao during a press conference ahead of the World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight between defender Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia. 26 April 2017. (Photo by Tertius Pickard/Photosport/Icon Sportswire) ****NO AGENTS---NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA SALES ONLY****NO AGENTS---NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA SALES ONLY****
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The July 1 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Jeff Horn will air live on ESPN beginning at 9 p.m. ET, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com.

The bout will take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.

This marks the first time in Pacquiao’s career that a match of his will air on basic cable, and it’s the first time he will have a non-pay-per-view fight since knocking out Hector Velasquez back in September 2005.

“Working with Top Rank on a match normally seen on pay-per-view is a significant moment for ESPN and for boxing fans,” said ESPN president John Skipper. “This fight, along with ESPN’s in-depth programming surrounding the fight, joins Wimbledon, Home Run Derby and the ESPYS in a stellar early July programming lineup.”

The event will also air on ESPN Deportes and will stream live on the ESPN App.

Joe Tessitore, Teddy Atlas and Timothy Bradley Jr. will call the fight.

Pacquiao has actually faced Bradley three times in his career, beating him twice.

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum is excited for the bout.

“The world has followed amazing Manny since he burst onto the scene in his U.S. debut in 2001, where he knocked out Lehlo Ledwaba to win his second of a record eight division world titles,” said Arum. “We are excited that ESPN will air this fight throughout the U.S. in both English and Spanish. It’s going to be an unbelievable event.”

Pacquiao is 59-6-2 over the course of his illustrious career, but he has slipped since 2012, losing three of his last eight fights.



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