January 25th, 2011 By Pedro Fernandez
HBO LOSES “ELVIS OF BOXING” TO SHOWTIME & CBS!
San Francisco, CA- When I called HBO a fortnight ago, I left a voicemail message asking one of the boxing suits, “Is HBO losing Manny Pacquiao?” The reason I put forth the question was that somebody reliable had tipped me off. Never got a response, so I dropped it and moved along. Then the great Tom Hauser, writer extraordinaire that he is, penned a piece at SecondsOut.com that confirmed the rumors of Pacman leaving HBO.
JEWISH CONNECTION RAN LOU DI BELLA OFF WITH LIES!
While some of you are perplexed with that sub title, it’s the truth.
BACK TO KERRY DAVIS
Under Davis’ leadership, HBO Boxing After Dark, once the hottest series on boxing that was founded by Di Bella in 1996 with the concept that they would air NO SHOWCASE bouts. Instead, BAD has become almost ESPN-like with fights nobody really gives a s*it about! In another assasine move, Davis signs an exclusive deal with Golden Boy Promotions, and at the same time sets up an “Al Heyman” Batphone on his desk. Most feel manager/advisor Al calls and tells Kerry what he wants and coincidently 8.5 out of ten times, Heyman’s guys are getting fat checks from HBO for little more than glorified exhibitions. Having watched Heyman’s astonishing ascention, I wanted to wait until something related occurred before I slapped “Big Al” around. .
ARUM SHOWS ROSS & KERRY WHERE HE (AND THEY) CAN GO!
With Showtime and CBS teaming up with promoter Bob Arum, his bringing the May fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley to Showtime, this is the equivalent of corporate castration, meaning The Sheik (Arum) had cut the balls off HBO. Showtime PPV is slated to televise the bout with CBS airing the fight delayed. Hauser is saying that Showtime & CBS have 115,000,000 homes, while HBO has but 30,000,000 households subscribing.
ROSS GREENBURG IS AN ARROGANT PRICK PERIOD!
I’ve known Ross Greenburg for 20+ years. Great baseball guy, but his best work at HBO was when he was in the production truck producing the fights. To be blunt, HBO needs to dump Ross, Davis, and the rest of those stuffed shirts making bank. When Arum and Ross were in Pacquiao talks in December, HBO closed down shop and pissed Arum off to the point where he took Pacman to Showtime.
BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO BOXING IN MY TENURE!
With CBS airing the fight delayed, this is the best thing to happen to boxing, both the business and the sport, in my 26+ year tenure! Congrats to The Sheik for proving that he is still King when it comes to promotion. Don King has done a lot of big shows, but for longevity and success, especially his snatching the Spanish speaking market away from King, like him or not, Bob Arum has no peers!