Manny Pacquiao Fight Showtime: Is Bolting HBO Good For Boxing?

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Manny Pacquiao Fight Showtime: Is Bolting HBO Good For Boxing?
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Manny Pacquiao probably shocked many boxing fans last week when he bolted from HBO to Showtime.

That's apparently the case, according to, which reported Friday that both Pacquiao and Shane Mosley would not be on HBO for their next fight. Promoter Bob Arum didn't confirm in the article that Showtime and CBS were handling the fight, and a Showtime spokesperson declined to comment.

At first I was a little stunned myself, but then I remembered this isn't the first time that something like this has happened. Several other stars have bounced back and forth during their careers. The Klitschkos come to mind most quickly, and I remember Roy Jones Jr. doing the same. While Manny Pacquiao is definitely a bigger name, this is part of the sport and it will continue to happen long after he's retired.

But is this move good for boxing? I don't think it's great, but it's also not the end of the world, either. Let's break it down, though. You decide. Here are five reasons why it's good, and five why it's bad:

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