To accommodate the largest audience possible for what many pundits are calling the boxing match of the century, Solar Sports, through Manny Pacquiao, imitated what HBO and Showtime did to make the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout possible; Establish a united front with the troika of free Philippine television—GMA-7, ABS-CBN and TV5.
This was announced by Wilson Tieng, President of Solar Sports, during a press conference held on March 26 at the Forum in Solaire, which is dubbed as the Battle for Greatness: Pacquiao vs. Mayweather.
Normally GMA-7 is granted the exclusive rights to air bouts of Manny Pacquiao, but has waived its exclusive TV rights on Pacquiao fights for this fight. It was reported Manny Pacquiao himself asked that the bout be broadcasted in other TV stations as well, and that GMA bigwig Felipe L. Gozon wanted every Filipino viewers to be part of the event, regardless of TV network.
The fight will also be shown live and commercial free on all SM cinemas (Yes you read that right. ALL cinema screens) and the Mall of Asia Arena. For radio listeners, it’s GMA Radio.
Digital offerings for the bout will be created from the side of TV5, controlled by telecom giant PLDT.
Tickets to SM Cinemas nationwide will range from P600 to P1,000 while pay-per-view is priced at P2,000 per household.
Sky Cable and Cignal are the official pay-per-view providers.
Representatives of each TV stations, Senior Vice President of Radio GMA Mike Enriquez, ABS-CBN Head of Integrated Sports Dino Laurena and Vincent “Chot” Reyes and Oscar Reyes of TV5 hailed the rare chance to be part of history.
The Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will be held on May 2 (May 3, Philippine time) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The biggest and richest fight in boxing history will also go down in the record books as “the most enormous coverage ever” in Philippine broadcasting history.
The multi-network airing is also a first in Philippine TV history, as well as SM Cinemas offering every cinema screens for the bout.
(Sourced from various outlets, including Rappler)