Starting Monday, Nov. 18, ESPN will present multi-platform pre- and post-fight coverage of the 12-round Welterweight fight between Fighter of the Decade Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) and former Lightweight titlist Brandon Ríos (31-1-1, 22 KOs). SportsCenter and ESPN Deportes will provide daily news and information throughout the week.
The fight, from the Venetian Macao’s CotaiArena, in Macau, China, will be distributed live on Saturday Nov. 23, at 9 p.m. ET on HBO-Pay-Per-View. As part of ESPN and HBO Sports’ boxing programming and marketing agreement, ESPN news and information platforms will have access to key content, including post-fight, in-ring interviews, press conference and weigh-in coverage, HBO’s behind-the-scenes reality series 24/7 Pacquiao/Ríos, and classic Pacquiao and Ríos fights.
o Bilingual boxing reporter Bernardo Osuna will be in Macau providing pre-and post-fight interviews and analysis.
o Interviews with both fighters Tuesday and Thursday during the 8 p.m. edition of SportsCenter and coverage of weigh-in on Friday.
· ESPN Deportes’ Semana de Campeones (Week of Champions):
o A Los Golpes: commentators Claudia Trejos and Julio César Chávez, Sr. will provide in-depth analysis and discussion of the fight from Los Angeles (Monday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m.).
o Golpe a Golpe: Jorge Eduardo Sánchez, and Juan Manuel Márquez will provide coverage from Mexico of Friday’s weigh-in with Osuna reporting from Macau (Friday, Nov. 22, 6:30 p.m.). A special pre-fight show with Márquez, Sánchez and Osuna will air Saturday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m. coverage will continue on ESPN Deportes+, ESPN Deportes’ digital extension available via WatchESPN.com. Following the fights, ESPN Deportes will air a special post-fight show Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 a.m.
o SportsCenter, Capitanes, Radio Fórmula, Cronómetro, and Nación ESPN will have daily segments previewing the fight.
24/7 Pacquiao/Ríos (ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN): HBO’s Emmy-Award-winning all-access reality series, follows both fighters as they prepare for their Welterweight showdown (see schedule below).
Classic Pacquiao and Ríos fights (ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes): Both networks will reair Pacquiao vs. Marquez III and Ríos vs. Alvarado I. In 2011, Pacquiao defeated Márquez in their third fight, scoring a 12-round majority decision. In 2012, Ríos scored a seventh-round TKO win over Mike Alvarado. ESPN Deportes will also reair Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya. In 2008, Pacquiao scored an eighth-round TKO win over De La Hoya (see schedule below).
· ESPN3 live coverage of press conference, weigh-in and Pacquiao vs. Ríos non-televised undercard fights: ESPN3 will carry Wednesday’s press conference (8:30 a.m.) and Friday’s weigh-in (6:30 p.m.) live on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV to fans who receive their Internet or video subscription from an affiliated provider. ESPN3 will also carry Pacquaio vs. Ríos non-televised undercard fights Saturday (7 p.m.).
o Comprehensive coverage including pre- and post-fight features and blogs from Dan Rafael, Eric Raskin, Bernardo Pilatti, and Brian Campbell. Kieran Mulvaney will be on site in Macau providing pre- and post-fight stories throughout the week.
o “Fight Credential,” ESPN.com’s home page for all Pacquiao-Ríos coverage, updated with features, video, photos and social media from all platforms throughout the week and through the fight.
o HBO’s Face Off with Max Kellerman: Pacquiao-Rios. Both fighters square off debate-style with Kellerman serving as moderator.
o Tyson on Pacquiao- Ríos: Former Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson breaks down the fight between the two fighters.
o Live fight-night blog featuring analysis from Mulvaney and Campbell.
o Video previews and breakdowns from Making the Rounds, ESPN.com’s original boxing show.
· ESPN The Magazine:
o Features writer Tim Struby will be in Macau for a post-fight piece in ESPN The Magazine.
· #TeamPacquiao and #TeamRios (@ESPN Twitter; fight week): ESPN will ask its Twitter followers why they’re for #TeamPacquiao or #TeamRios, and re-tweet the best replies.
Schedule of Pacquiao vs. Ríos Coverage across ESPN Platforms:
CELTUS SELDIN RETURNS TO BATTLE!! NOVEMBER 22 AT STAR BOXING’S “ROCKIN FIGHTS 11”
NEW YORK: (November 15, 2013) Highly touted welterweight knockout artist Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin returns to action on Friday, NOVEMBER 22 in an eight round clash against battle tested veteran Gilbert Venegas featured at Star Boxing’s “ROCKIN FIGHTS 11” at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.
Fully recovered from a torn rotator and labrum, the 27-year-old Seldin brings his legion of fans to The Paramount for the seventh time defending his unblemished and hard hitting record of 11-0-0 (9KO’s).
“It’s been a long wait, my last fight was on FEBRUARY 22 and I had the surgery two months later” said Seldin of Shirley, New York. “The doctor said it was worse than Doc Gooden’s (Former MLB Pitcher or Former NY Mets and Yankees pitcher) who he also repaired. It’s basically an old high school injury which was never fully repaired.”
‘While I waited for it to be properly healed I ran every day and stayed in great shape. I couldn’t wait to get back.”
Stated Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, “Along with being one of the premier prospects in the area, Cletus is also a very popular fighter. We’ve had calls into our office for many months asking about his return.”
“Also to his credit, he wanted to come back strong. It’s an eight round fight, right where he left off and he’s facing an experienced veteran who should give him tough opposition.”
Fighting out of Moline, Illinois, the busy Venegas, 12-11-4 (8KO’s), will be entering the ring for the eighth time in 2013.
“He’s been active and I know he’s a very game fighter,” continued Seldin, “but I think my power and pace of fighting will work to my advantage.”
“I’ll have been down here in West Palm Beach, Florida, training for almost five weeks. I’ve had great sparring with Randall Bailey and all the tough prospects over at Iron Mike Promotions’ Gym.”
“I love fighting at The Paramount, the atmosphere is terrific. Now that I’m healthy I want to stay active, fight as often as possible, hopefully get on TV and show the world how good I am.”
“ROCKIN FIGHTS 11″ is headlined by an exciting heavyweight clash between ‘The Fighting Pride of Queens, New York”, Vinny Maddalone and hard-hitting Houston native Maurenzo Smith.
Advance tickets for “ROCKIN FIGHTS 11” starting at $50, are available online through Ticketmaster (Ticketmaster.com), the Star Boxing website (StarBoxing.com) and The Paramount Box Office, phone (631) 673-7300.
The Paramount is located at 370 New York Avenue in Huntington, New York. Doors will open on the night of the event at 7:00 p.m. with the first bell at 7:30 p.m.
IABA UPDATE (NATIONAL INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS RESULTS)
Irish Amateur Boxing Association
November 15th – The 2013 National Intermediate Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin are now down to the semi-finals and finals.
Click here for tonight’s results.
The remaining quarter-finals at the tournament were decided tonight. The remaining semi-finals will be decided tomorrow, November 16th. Boxing begins at 11am.
Admission: €10 for adults and €5 OAP & U/14.
The finals of the 2013 National Intermediate Championships will be held on November 22nd and November 29th at the National Stadium.
Click here for today’s European Junior Championships results and finals draw.