Manny Pacquiao chooses ABS-CBN (Is it all about the money?)
Pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao anounced this evening that he just reunited with ABS-CBN by formally inking a deal with the said TV network. He also announced that Hatton-Pacquiao fight slated May 2, 2009 at the MGM Grand Las Vegas will be exclusively aired on a delayed telecast via ABS-CBN Kapamilya network. Manny Pacquiao even confessed that he is now a kapamilya and is always proud to be one, saying that the fight is again dedicated to his fellow Filipinos.
When he signed an agreement with GMA 7, I only thought of one thing. It’s all about money. And clearly, it showed that it was all about money. GMA 7 was not able to deliver what was expected of them. They showed too much TVC’s that it took them more than 3hrs to air a fight that happened only in a few minutes. It was totally frustrating. Last year, he fought with the Golden Boy Dela Hoya. GMA 7 tried to limit the TV commercials but still, something was lacking. This year, the prodigal son goes back to ABS-CBN for the exclusive coverage of the much awaited fight of the year. Was it because of the money? Positive. Dealings with television networks are always on a bidding system. The higher the offer, the higher your chances to win the coverage.
On the other hand and in all fairness, I think ABS-CBN will give much justice to the coverage of Hatton-Pacquiao fight. The said network is proven to be an expert in featuring LIVE boxing shows without limiting their airtime on the fight alone, by featuring seasoned journalist Korina Sanchez and bigtime boxing analysts for a one interesting boxing conversation. Not to mention ABS-CBN’s winning sportscaster Dianne Castillejo who (eagerly) manages and never fails to snatch a good interview with the Filipino Boxing Champ. These and more make ABS-CBN a qualified (and better) network to exclusively cover an exceptional fight like that of Hatton and Pacquiao.
I could be wrong but these are based on my creative judgment as an avid viewer of the countless Manny Pacquiao fights aired on national television. What do you think?