ITV announced earlier this month that a deal to exclusively broadcast Premier Boxing Champions events on UK television had been reached.
The agreement with the mystical Al Haymon’s promotion includes PBC events set to take place in the UK, but also involves the best of the action Stateside.
The deal begins on January 13 as José Uzcátegui defends his IBF super middleweight title against the undefeated Caleb Plant.
But interest in the UK and Ireland will be piqued by the broadcast a week later involving the legendary Manny Pacquiao and the controversial figure of Adrien Broner.
Pacquiao will put the WBA welterweight title he won from Lucas Matthysse on the line against Broner, who has already caused a stir with some cruel comments in the build-up to the January 19 contest.
‘Pac Man’ suffered a shock defeat to Jeff Horn last year, but remains a slight favourite over the American, who has yet to follow up a victory over Adrian Granados almost two years ago with another win, losing to Mikey Garcia and drawing with Jessie Vargas in his last outing.
To further whip up excitement, ITV have confirmed that the bout will be shown on their free-to-air ITV4 channel, rather than ITV Box Office which has played host to recent fights involving Chris Eubank Jr. and George Groves.
Former Groves foe, Badou Jack, faces Marcus Browne for the WBA Interim light heavyweight title on the undercard.