Mayweather-Pacquiao Announce Team Announced, Paulie Absent
This morning the announce team for Mayweather-Pacquiao was finally announced and the rumors seemed true that HBO was leveraging for Paulie Malignaggi to be excluded from the pay-per-view broadcast of the fight which was causing issues for the finalization of the broadcast team. The announce team for Saturday night will be HBO’s Jim Lampley, Showtime’s Al Bernstein and HBO’s color commentator Roy Jones Jr. sitting ringside. The interviews will be handled by Showtime’s Jim Gray and HBO’s Max Kellerman.
To further add to the confusion, Floyd Mayweather will be announced by Jimmy Lennon Jr. whereas Pacquiao will be announced by Michael Buffer. Essentially, the reason for all of this comes down to how difficult it is for both networks to play nice with one and another.