Manny Pacquiao on DAZN?
New WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao could be featured on streaming service DAZN after all-but-declaring himself a free agent last week.
Pacquiao revealed he is not allowing any outside influences, including long-time promoter Bob Arum, to discuss future fights on his behalf after seemingly distancing himself from past managers also.
In a social media post, recent victorious WBA welterweight ruler Pacquiao said he was willing to listen to any offers for bouts in the future directly.
“I, through MP Promotions, will be handling any and all negotiations for my next fight. Nobody is authorized to speak on my behalf. You know my number, call me,” Pacquiao clarified.
That leaves the door open for an approach by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom USA stable following their big announcement of a US broadcast deal with DAZN (pronounced DA-ZONE).
“I don’t know his situation with Top Rank but if he is a free agent we’ll definitely be talking to Manny Pacquiao about fighting on DAZN,” Hearn had told Fighthype.com before Pacquiao’s announcement.
“(Pacquiao facing Amir Khan is) definitely a potential fight. I’d like, still, to make the Kell Brook-Amir Khan fight…I hope it happens but we’ll see.”
Hearn was asked about what will separate DAZN from other streaming platforms like ESPN+, to which he replied: “I think the content will be better. There you have a situation where there’s a linear broadcaster, and they’ll be mixing and matching the content – some on the air, some on the (app), which is gonna be part of the strategy.
“Here, this is gonna be purely on the DAZN app.
“So all the content’s there, all the fight cards, from 6pm to midnight, all the chat shows, all the build-up, you’ve got the World Boxing Super Series, you’ve got our U.K. shows, you’ve got Bellator as well.
“It’s $2.50 a week! So our plan is to flood you guys, to keep the content rolling, keep the news coming, to get everyone involved and make it a platform for the fans. So that’s the difference,” said Hearn.
There could be a big decision to be made for Pacquiao in the future as the Khan fight could be massively lucrative for the eleven-time world champion and come with a stipulation that the clash must take place on DAZN.
That would mean Pacquiao having to choose between Arum’s ties with ESPN+ and Hearn on the newest platform available through Perform Group.