NBCSN debuts PBC: Corner to Corner this Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 11 p.m. ET. The first program is a one-hour show looking into the lives of boxers Keith Thurman, Robert Guerrero, Adrien Broner and John Molina Jr., as they prepare for their bouts in the primetime debut of the PBC on NBC, on Saturday, March 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The PBC: Corner to Corner specials featuring in-depth profiles of the boxers will air on NBCSN leading into each of NBC’s primetime PBC shows.
Highlights from each boxer’s story in the debut episode include:
KEITH THURMAN: The show visits Thurman, whose training methods range from jumping rope and sparring, to meditation and acupuncture, at his intimate St. Petersburg, Fla., boxing gym. It is in this gym where Thurman’s trainers, Dan Birmingham and the late Ben Getty developed the “Keith Thurman Test” for boxing hopefuls — often grown men — by putting them in the ring with a 15-year-old Thurman. Thurman fights with Getty in mind every time he steps in the ring.
ROBERT GUERRERO: Guerrero trains in a private gym in his hometown of Gilroy, Calif., and comes from a long line of boxers – including his father, who trains him. Guerrero recounts the challenges his family faced when his wife was diagnosed with leukemia, forcing him to take a break from boxing.
ADRIEN BRONER: The Cincinnati, Ohio, native credits boxing for putting him on the right path in life. Broner’s training includes a grueling workout of weights, sprints, and body weight exercises. Although he’s best known for his boisterous personality, the program shows a rarely-seen side of Broner, as he treats his daughter Nariya to a manicure at a local salon.
JOHN MOLINA JR.: Molina has been working with trainer Joe Goosen in a gym near his hometown of Covina, Calif., for years. Their training strategy includes a warm gym, where he spars in temperatures climbing to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Throughout his career, Molina has stayed true to his roots, keeping family and friends close, and explains that providing for his family is his number one motivator in the ring.
Below is the schedule for PBC: Corner to Corner on NBCSN (all times ET):
Date Time (ET)
Wed., Feb. 25 11 p.m. (Premiere)
Wed., Mar. 4 11 p.m. (Encore)
Fri., Mar. 6 6:30 p.m. (Encore)
Fri., Mar. 6 10 p.m. (Encore)
Sat., Mar. 7 2:30 p.m. (Encore)
Sat., Mar. 7 7:30 p.m. (Encore)
The debut of PBC on NBC features the four boxers in a pair of blockbuster bouts — Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero, and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr. — live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in primetime Saturday, March 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert and analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard call the action. Al Michaels will host.
NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live PBC on NBC boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing. The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.
All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBC Sports Live Extra is available for desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, on select devices within Google Play, and on windows phones and tablets.