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ABS-CBN, TV5, GMA to Simultaneously Air Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

Representatives of Solar Sports, ABS-CBN, GMA and TV5 come together for the special press conference announcing the joint free TV coverage of the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight on all three networks. (Photo credit: ABS-CBN Sports)

The ‘Big Three’ stations will now join forces for the much-anticipated super-fight of the century.

It was announced by Solar Sports that the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be aired simultaneously on free TV via ABS-CBN, GMA and TV5. Solar is expected to retain production rights for the fight, but the three stations are also expected to send in their respective broadcast teams within weeks of the fight.

The Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will still be screened live in theaters and arenas throughout the country via Solar All-Access. In addition, both SkyCable and Cignal will produce a pay-per-view feed.

The radio coverage of the fight will still be exclusive to GMA’s radio division.

The simultaneous airing of the fight on Channels 2, 5 and 7 should help Solar Sports a lot in terms of shouldering the burden. After all, Wilson Tieng and company spent over P400 million just to acquire the exclusive broadcast rights for the fight, which is very costly to say the least.

Setting aside a long-standing rivalry for a major non-news event is no longer new for the ‘Big Three’. Three years ago, a musical tribute concert for the late Dolphy was aired on ABS-CBN, TV5 and GMA at the same time.

This is definitely a watershed moment in Philippine television, one that will still be discussed well after the fight is over. The three networks may have been rivals for a long while, but collaborating for a mega-fight of epic proportions should help unite Filipinos in support of its greatest hero.

The Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, dubbed ‘Battle for Greatness’, commences on May 3 Manila time.


26 thoughts on “ABS-CBN, TV5, GMA to Simultaneously Air Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight

  1. Gab says:

    I am not sure if IBC 13 will covered the fight on primetime. 🙂

    But this deal marks a new milestone in the Philippine television.

  2. Nameless says:

    After 2 years, they will be uniting again, just in time for the “Fight of the Century”. Pero marami na naman ang aangal niyan from free TV viewers due to long airtime ng mga ads na puro gasolina, hardware products, hog feeds, etc. Pwede naman aglagay na lang ng ads sa lower-third ng screen eh, to avoid breaks. Sana naman, these 3 networks thru Solar should air the match in real time. Lagi na lang kasing same old story. But it seems the GMA will play bigger role than 2 other channels, due to their radio arm.

    Solar spent P400 Million, just for this match??!! Grabe. Kaya nga ba isinara nila ang TGC & Jack City because of this?

    • Not sure if that has to do with TGC and JC’s closure.

      Kaya expected na yung delayed broadcast tapos yung mga mahahabang commercial breaks and ad placings dahil nga sa malaking gastos ng pagkuha ng rights. Pero honestly, they should letterbox the monitor instead so that the ads are not interfering with the graphics. Another way for Solar to gain back the cost they paid for the fight is through pay-per-view subscription and partnership with both the local government units and shopping mall giants to show the live PPV matches in theaters and public arenas.

  3. James Ty III says:

    Good move by Solar. All three networks have had good relations with Wilson Tieng’s company.

    ABS: NBA games
    TV5: FIBA Asia and FIBA World Cup
    GMA: All of Pacquiao’s previous fights

  4. ramones1986 says:

    Reminds me of “Fútbol para todos” in Argentina; the only difference is that FPT is aired throughout the football season.

  5. Gab says:

    Manny Pacquiao’s possible final fight against Timothy Bradley will be broadcast on GMA, Solar Sports, Payperviews via Cignal and Sky and on the radio via DZBB and DWLS next Sunday.

    Should be exciting, pero i doubt na magiging mababa ang audience nito dahil sa controversy ni Pacquiao on the same-sex marriage

      • At mas magiging interesado pa ang mga botante sa upcoming Vice Presidential Debate sa CNN Philippines kaysa sa laban ni Pacquiao.

      • Of course. Sobrang bad timing lang ang laban niya since tumatakbo pa siya for senator. And with him not yet active on the campaign trail, the fight won’t help his cause.

    • Can I make an insight on the last bout of Pacquiao?

      I think most of us will not watch his farewell fight with certain reasons aside from the bad timing and same-sex marriage controversy that was edited by TV5 “in good faith” with the domino effect happened (reactions from Vice Ganda & Boy Abunda, the cancellation of Nike’s endorsement, the loss of followers in his Twitter account and the lifetime ban from the Grove).

      If I can recall, another reason why most of us are fed up or reluctant to watch the last bout is because of his last match against Mayweather last May 3, 2015. Because of the controversial decision, Pacman’s 17-year professional career reached into recession and the fans’ call for his retirement is rising and I know, finding his successor is indeed difficult because of his irreplaceable feat.

      On the forthcoming tape-delayed coverage, there is no promotion from GMA and Solar Sports for the past days but for sure, they will face the certain dilemma of violating the Fair Elections Act (Republic Act 9006) come this Sunday.

      Section 6.6 of the said law states that “Any mass media columnist, commentator, announcer, reporter, on-air correspondent or PERSONALITY WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR ANY ELECTIVE PUBLIC OFFICE or is a campaign volunteer for or employed or retained in any capacity by any candidate or political party shall be deemed resigned, if so required by their employer, or shall take a leave of absence from his/her work as such during the campaign period: Provided, That any media practitioner who is an official of a political party or a member of the campaign staff of a candidate or political party shall not use his/her time or space to favor any candidate or political party.”

      That said, I guess after this Sunday, Pacquiao will (or still) be a passe from the pastime of our love of sports. It’ll be gone into the Philippine TV history books.

      • Indeed. It isn’t worth our time for a boxer/politician to fight during the campaign period.

        Perhaps ABS should take advantage of this low-key moment by airing ASAP live, just for those fed up by Pacquiao. There’s no sense in counterprogramming if the fight is no longer worth watching.

      • Quite frankly, with the lack of anticipation, ABS should have gone the live mode for ASAP this Sunday. With all due respect, Manny no longer qualifies as a national pastime at this point, so no sense in counterprogramming any longer.

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