Feb. 29, 2008 – HBO Sports is presenting a thirty- minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View showdown fight between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing, Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao. The long awaited super featherweight world title battle is set for Saturday, Mar. 15 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada..
The special “COUNTDOWN TO MARQUEZ-PACQUIAO II, ” which will feature fighter profiles, expert analysis and forecasts for the showdown in Las Vegas, will premiere on Saturday, Mar. 8 immediately following the HBO World Championship Boxing telecast that airs live at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT.
Marquez of Mexico brings a 48-3-1, 35 KOs record in the meeting with Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines who sports a 45-3-2, 34 KOs mark. Boasting near identical records and professional achievements, it is no surprise that their first encounter for the featherweight title on May 8, 2004 ended in a thrilling majority draw. As their long awaited rematch approaches nearly four years later, both fighters are still considered two of the most exciting and toughest pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.
The countdown special will also be available to HBO ON DEMAND, Monday, March 10 through Monday, March 17.
Additional HBO replay dates:
Sunday, March 9 @ 8:30 a.m.
Monday, March 10 @ 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 @ 3:00 p.m. & 12:35 a.m.
Thursday, March 13 @ 4:10 a.m.
Friday March 14 @ 11:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 15 @ 5:30 p.m.
Additional HBO2 replay dates:
Tuesday, March 11 @ 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 13 @ 10:30 a.m.
Friday, March 14 @ 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 15 @ 10:30 a.m.
All times are ET/PT.