By Allan Fox: For boxing fans interested in seeing the replay of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight this Saturday night, they can tune in to watch it on HBO and Showtime on May 9th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. For HBO subscribers, the Mayweather-Pacquiao replay will be shown as part of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. James Kirkland doubleheader.
This will be the first time for many people to see the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight because a lot of people chose not to pay the huge cost of purchasing the fight last Saturday night.
For many fans they were unable to order the fight due to their cable going down. There were huge outages of cable all across the U.S on the night. It is unclear how many people ultimately were affected by the cable outages, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it were a huge amount.
Despite the problems with the various cable companies last Saturday night, the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight is still expected to break records. The previous record for the most PPV buys for a fight was 2.4 million set by Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight likely brought in over 3 million PPV buys even with the problems with cable companies.
For Showtime subscribers, they’ll get a chance to see “Inside Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Epilogue” immediately after the Mayweather-Pacquiao replay on Showtime. It’s a great deal if you want an inside look at the fight, and what took place afterwards.
Unfortunately, the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao failed to live up to its billing. The reason for this was varied. Pacquiao came into the fight with a shoulder injury which prevented him from taking the fight to Mayweather the way he wanted to. The injury was bad enough to where Pacquiao had to limit his attacks. Before he aggravated the injury early in the fight, Pacquiao had a few good moments and had evened out the scores. But when throwing a flurry of shots at one point in the fight, Pacquiao aggravated his shoulder injury and that left him a one-armed fighter for the most part for the remainder of the fight. In the meantime, Mayweather was playing it safe and doing only what he needed to in order to get the win. He wasn’t taking any chances to win the fight in a one-sided manner or by going for a knockout. The result was the fight would up lacking the electricity that many fans were hoping.