Pascal-Hopkins II "Face-Off" to air on HBO & HBO2; Pacquiao's First U.S. Single Gets Released TODAY; Macklin-Sturm on 6/25

April 28, 2011 - Fight fans eager for a penetrating inside look at the upcoming HBO World Championship Boxing® telecast of Jean Pascal-Bernard Hopkins II should mark their calendars to catch the all-new edition of "Face-Off," starring the two light heavyweight foes.

Moderated by Max Kellerman, "Face-Off" is a roundtable-style interview session. The fighters answer Kellerman's questions face-to-face and can deliver a message to each other as well as their fans.

The Pascal-Hopkins II 12-minute extended version of "Face-Off" is set to air multiple times on HBO and HBO2 (schedule below). “Face-Off” will also be available on the HBO On Demand® service and at as well as various other new media platforms that distribute the series.

HBO air times include:

Tue., May 3 at 10:45pm

Sat., May 7 at 4:30pm

Mon., May 9 at 7:45pm

Fri., May 13 at 8:15pm

Sun., May 15 at 10:00am

Mon., May 16 at 12:45pm

Tue., May 17 at 10:45am

Fri., May 20 at 12:00am

Fri., May 20 at 5:45am

Sat., May 21 at 9:15am

HBO 2 air times include:

Mon., May 6 at 11:00am

Wed., May 11 at 9:15pm

Sat., May 14 at 11:45am

Wed., May 18 at 9:15pm

All times are ET/PT.

Pascal-Hopkins II takes place Saturday, May 21 on HBO at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT from the Bell Centre in Montreal. Pascal looks to retain his world light heavyweight title while Hopkins seeks to become the oldest world title-holder in boxing’s storied history at age 46.

Pacquiao's First U.S. Single Gets Released TODAY

LOS ANGELES (April 28, 2011) – As eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao prepares for his May 7 World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title defense against Shane Mosley at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas (Live on Pay-Per-View), he’s also looking forward to a career move of a different kind: the release of his CD single/DVD Sometimes When We Touch, makes its public debut TODAY! Thursday, April 28, available at iTunes and

Last October, weeks before his astonishing 12-round unanimous decision victory over Antonio Margarito, Pacquiao interspersed his training in the ring with sessions in the studio to record the unforgettable iconic ballad Sometimes When We Touch with the same production team that brought the song to the top of the charts in 1977. With songwriter and original singer Dan Hill in his corner, and producers Matthew McCauley and Fred Mollin, Pacquiao delivers a passionate performance that shows the warmth and courage in the boxer’s heart.

Now one of the most-recognized names on the planet, Manny Pacquiao has been driven to achieve more than most people can even daydream about. He’s a devoted husband and father of four, an elected congressman in his native Philippines, an actor, a singer, and of course, one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Let Manny Pacquiao continue to amaze you with his knockout performance on this CD/DVD.

Check out a preview at

(FTP Server information available upon request)
Get it TODAY! Thursday, April 28, on iTunes and


Episode No. 3 of the four-part series Fight Camp 360˚: Pacquiao vs. Mosley, debuts on CBS This Saturday! April 30, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

The Pacquiao vs. Mosley pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $54.95, will be produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV®. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight week updates, log on to or

Macklin determined to end Sturm's World title reign

After a month of misery for Irish fighters in World title bouts Matthew Macklin believes he can deliver the goods for the Fighting Irish when he travels to Germany in June in a bid to end Felix Sturm's reign as World Boxing Association (WBA) World Middleweight Champion.

Macklin has watched Paul McCloskey, Willie Casey and Brian Magee all come up short in recent World title bids but the two time European Champion is confident that he can go one better when he takes on Sturm at the 20,000 seater Lanxess Arena in Cologne on June 25th. The Birmingham based Irishman is under no illusions about the task ahead given Sturm's status as a sporting icon in Germany having reigned for almost a decade at the top of the Middleweight division.

"I have a lot of respect for Felix,” revealed the 28-year-old Macklin. “For a lot of people it was was probably his World title defence against Oscar De La Hoya that would have brought him to prominence but I've followed his career closely ever since I saw him win Gold in Birmingham at the European Junior Championships in 1997. He was only 18 at the time but you could see he was going to go on to big things. As a pro he has been a great World champion. He's been in 15 World title fights and he's been a dominant force at middleweight for almost the last 10 years.

"It's a huge challenge given his quality and the fact that it's exceptionally difficult to win in Germany but it's the kind of challenge that gets my juices flowing and I believe it's my time now. I have earned the right to be there, I've won the Irish and British titles, won the European title twice and I'm highly rated with all the sanctioning bodies (WBA 2, WBC 4, WBO 7 and IBF 8) and I'm number 5 with the Ring magazine so I'm there on merit. This is the what I've dreamed about since I first put on a pair of boxing gloves and I'm determined to make the most of the opportunity.

"My best performances have always come in fights where my back has been against the wall. A lot of people were tipping Wayne Elcock to beat me when we fought for the British title but I blew him away and I did the same to Asikainen for the European title when again a lot of people were writing off my chances. It will be the same this time but I have always believed I belong at the highest level and this is my chance to prove that.

Macklin is also hoping that he will have plenty of support in the cavernous Lanxess Arena to cheer him all the way to the World title. “The atmosphere at German fights can be fairly tame,” said Macklin. "The audiences there usually give a polite round of applause at the end of the round and during the rounds you can hear a pin drop. I'm sure it will be very different for this fight though because there will be a big contingent travelling over to Germany and they will be making a lot of noise and I intend to give them plenty to shout about."

Macklin has even promised to brush up on his German ahead of the fight so that he can do his talking in and out of the ring. "I actually studied German at school for 6 years so I still have enough to get by. I was due to go there on a couple of exchange trips as a student but ironically I always had to pull out of them because they conflicted with boxing commitments I had in the amateurs.

"I fought against Germans twice as an amateur and won both times, one of those was a win over Eduard Gutknecht who fights for the European Light Heavyweight title next month so I'm confident that I can keep that run going in the professionals and bring back the World title."

Macklin's manager, Brian Peters is equally confident that Ireland will have another World Champion to savour over the summer. "Felix Sturm is one of the longest reigning World Champions in boxing currently but I believe the timing is perfect now for Matthew to end that reign,"; said Peters. "Sturm will bring out the best in Matthew and I'm confident that it will be another huge night for Irish boxing. There's already been huge interest from fight fans looking to travel to Germany to the fight and I think that support will prove vital to Matthew pulling off a famous victory."

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