ESPN Offers Boxing Classics, Featuring Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali



ESPN Offers Boxing Classics, Featuring Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali

It's turn back the clock time Saturday, as ESPN will be featuring A grade prizefights, featuring top tier pugilists plying their trade.

With coronavirus making it's way around the planet, live events are a no fly zone, so networks are looking to fill content holes. Last week, ESPN showed off highlights from the careers of such all-time all-stars as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, George Foreman and Evander Holyfield. This time, the center-piece will be the 2015 clash between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao.

It was much anticipated, as any fan of the sweet science who isn't a totally new convert well knows. Now, was the collision up top par, did it meet or exceed expectations? I will say hell no, but that's for you to decide. Maybe with some distance from the hype, the 12 rounder will hold up better than I remember it.

The 2020 NFL Draft will be the lead-in, then, starting at 7 p.m. ET, classic will screen.

Joe Tessitore will chat with Top Rank chairman Bob Arum, who'll touch on what hurdles must be overcome to return to a version of normacy, how the travel restrictions will impact the sport and what's the latest on Fury-Wilder 3. The interview will air approximately at 9 p.m. ET.

Check out the the lineup with Draftkings Sportsbook :

Mayweather vs Judah (7 p.m.): This 2006 match marked the first time Mayweather would challenge for a welterweight world title. He had previously won titles at super featherweight, lightweight and super lightweight. Near the end of the 10th round, a brawl between the corners broke out after Judah hit Mayweather with a low blow, followed by a rabbit punch.

Pacquiao vs. Márquez 2 (8 p.m.): Pacquiao’s second fight against Márquez marked the first time the Filipino fighter would challenge for a world title at super featherweight. He was attempting to become the first Asian fighter to win world titles in four different weight classes.

Pacquiao vs. Cotto (9 p.m.): In his fight against Cotto, Pacquiao attempted to become the first fighter in boxing history to win a world title in seven different weight classes, while Cotto entered the bout making the second defense of his WBO welterweight title.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao (10 p.m.): The event set records for the largest grossing live gate ($72 million) and the most pay-per-view buys (4.6 million) in combat sports history. The fight served as a unification bout, with Mayweather defending the WBA and WBC welterweight titles and Pacquiao defending the WBO title.

ESPN Boxing Schedule Saturday, April 25