Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN (PBC on ESPN) presented by Corona Extra will feature live coverage on ESPN and WatchESPN on Saturday, August 1 from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center of two 12-round fights: a welterweight bout between undefeated Junior Welterweight champion Danny “Swift” García (30-0, 17 KOs) and Brooklyn’s Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (33-6, 7 KOs); and a middleweight bout between Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (29-1, 26 KOs) and Sergio “Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs).
ESPN Deportes also will televise the doubleheader live as part of its Noche de Combates series and ESPN International will present live coverage across its networks in Latin America, Brazil, the Caribbean and Pacific Rim.
ESPN3 and the ESPN.com boxing page will provide live coverage of Friday’s weigh in at 5:15 pm on SportsCenter, with Tessitore and Atlas providing commentary. ESPN3 will also stream live coverage of the 8-round junior lightweight undercard matchup between Omar Douglas and Frank Santos de Alba on Saturday at 8 pm.
Host Marysol Castro, blow-by-blow commentator Joe Tessitore, Teddy Atlas and reporters Todd Grishamand Bernardo Osuna comprise ESPN’s commentary team. In addition, Hall of Fame boxing writer and ESPN boxing contributor Nigel Collins will provide social media content, insight and analysis.
In a special appearance on PBC on ESPN, actress and boxing enthusiast, Rosie Perez, will interview each boxer. Perez, called the “First Lady of Boxing” by Hall-of-Fame commentator Al Bernstein, has served as Grand Marshal for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Pablo Viruega and Delvin Rodríguez will call the fights on ESPN Deportes, while Leopoldo González andClaudia Trejos will co-host.
Atlas’ Fight Plan:
Atlas will demonstrate what each fighter needs to do to win in his “Fight Plan.”
García, a Philly native, at 25 holds the WBA World Junior Welterweight title. A United States Olympic Alternate, he compiled a 107-13 amateur record before turning pro in November 2007. Malignaggi, 34, was born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, turned pro in 2001 and won world titles at junior welterweight and welterweight. Jacobs, 28, was born in Brownsville, Brooklyn and raised in the borough. He made his professional debut in 2007 on the undercard of the Mayweather-Hatton fight in Las Vegas. His nickname “Miracle Man” is derived from his having survived a battle with cancer in 2011. Mora, born in East Los Angeles and raised in L.A., is Mexican-American. He was the first ever winner of the television series TheContender and is a former WBC Light Middleweight champion.
ESPN.com will provide comprehensive coverage, including pre- and post-fight features, videos and blogs from ESPN’s Dan Rafael, Brian Campbell, and Nigel Collins and ESPN.com’s boxing program “Making the Rounds”.
PBC on ESPN debuted on ESPN July 11 and peaked at nearly 1.2 million viewers. The PBC series was created for television by Haymon Boxing and features top-level fights between many of boxing’s biggest names.