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Mayweather-Maidana II on FOX and TV5; PacMan Returns to GMA

Unnoticed on Philippine TV the first time, the rematch between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Marcos Maidana will finally get its due.

TV5 and FOX Sports Asia will broadcast the second installment of Mayweather-Maidana, with the former’s WBC, WBA and The Ring welterweight titles and the WBC light middleweight title on the line. The bout will be aired on tape delay this Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

Mayweather and Maidana first fought on May 3 (May 4, Manila time), with the former successfully defending his titles and preserving his unbeaten record via majority decision. However, no TV station in the Philippines, not even GMA or Solar Sports, covered the fight, angering some boxing fans in the process.

This time around, however, TV5 and FOX Sports Asia are making sure that the rematch won’t be missed by boxing fans across the country.

The rematch between the two combatants will be as highly anticipated as the first. While Mayweather’s attempt to retain his titles and unbeaten record will once again be the center of attention, boxing fans will also look forward to Maidana’s quest to exact revenge, as he once again tries to become the first boxer to beat Mayweather in the ring.

Mayweather-Maidana II is a rematch worth watching. And boxing fans can’t wait.

A New Show for PacMan, Again

Manny Pacquiao gets another crack at the small screen.

PacMan’s latest television program, ‘MP Featuring Sport Science’, will premiere on GMA this Sunday on a timeslot that is yet to be determined. The said program will feature segments from ESPN’s ‘Sport Science’.

The entry of ‘MP Featuring Sport Science’ came at a not-so opportune time. Pacquiao has been busy preparing for his fight against Chris Algieri in November, while also dabbling into his new role as a player and head coach of the PBA’s Kia Sorentos.

Pacquiao also serves as a congressman of Sarangani province, but due to his frequent absences, he has not been able to fully commit to his political responsibilities.

For the ‘Pambansang Kamao’, ‘MP Featuring Sport Science’ represents an opportunity for redemption, especially after his recent shows ‘Show Me Da Manny’, ‘Manny Many Prizes’ and ‘Para sa ‘Yo ang Laban na ‘To’ flopped in the ratings. But then again, PacMan’s redemption is easier said than done, since its upcoming opposition are just as strong ratings-wise.

Viewers, critics and fans can only hope that Pacquiao’s latest foray into television will not affect his preparations for an upcoming boxing match, not to mention his stint in professional basketball. ‘MP Featuring Sport Science’ may be a program worth watching, but does it help PacMan in any way? Let’s see.

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Of Gandang Gabi Vice and GMA’s Inability to Beat the Show

Sunday nights have not been kind to GMA in recent years, thanks to shows like ‘Gandang Gabi Vice’. (Logo courtesy of ABS-CBN)

‘Gandang Gabi Vice’ has victimized GMA programming for the past three years.

Not only is GGV a top-rater on ABS-CBN and a social media hit, but it also forced GMA to make some changes in an attempt to beat the program. Still, no matter how many changes GMA would make, Vice Ganda’s show will always find a way to stay on top.

Among the notable victims of GGV’s success were a pair of Manny Pacquiao’s programs in ‘Show Me da Manny’ and ‘Para Sa ‘Yo Ang Laban Na ‘To’, the ill-fated talk show ‘Pare & Pare’, the sitcom ‘Andres de Saya’, and most recently the public affairs program ‘Imbestigador’.  All of the aforementioned programs, save for ‘Imbestigador’ which moved to a new timeslot, were axed by GMA.

Making it even worse for GMA is the guesting of their prized talents on Vice’s program. While contracted GMA artists Richard Gutierrez and Dingdong Dantes managed to make an appearance on GGV to promote their films (and subsequently get high ratings), the same cannot be said for Marian Rivera, who last year turned down a guesting stint on GGV out of respect for her mother network.

Nevertheless, the guestings of Chard and Dong will always prove that GGV is welcome to all artists, no matter which network they belong. Even the embattled Aljur Abrenica, who recently filed a case to void his GMA contract, is welcome to guest on Vice’s program.

Moving on, ‘Gandang Gabi Vice’ will have a new opponent two Sundays from now. ‘Sa Puso ni Dok’, the upcoming medical docudrama on GMA, will premiere this Sunday night, but with the finale of ‘Pinoy Big Brother: All-In’ expected to run for two hours, the rivalry between the two shows will have to wait for another week.

The new series, starring Dennis Trillo and Bela Padilla, follows a similar formula that was used on critically-acclaimed GMA News docudramas ‘Katipunan’, ‘Bayan Ko’ and ‘Titser’. ‘Sa Puso ni Dok’ was originally slated to air on GMA News TV, before it was decided that the show will instead air on GMA in order to attract a bigger audience.

Whether or not ‘Sa Puso ni Dok’ will overcome the juggernaut that is ‘Gandang Gabi Vice’ remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: ‘Gandang Gabi Vice’ will always be a formidable and strong opponent, no matter what show it faces.

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