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Fans spared NBA-boxing conflict

6/8/2012

LAS VEGAS -- With the Miami Heat forcing Saturday night's deciding Game 7 against the Boston Celtics in the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals, an overlap of the game and the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley Jr. fight might have occured.

But while the HBO PPV card still will begin at 9 p.m. ET, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum announced Friday that the Pacquiao-Bradley main event would not begin until after the conclusion of the NBA game, meaning sports fans won't have to decide which to watch if they're interested in both.

Most likely, there wouldn't have been a conflict with a pay-per-view main event that figures to begin between 11:15 p.m. and midnight ET.

"I'm not waiting for Manny's request on this one," Arum said, referring to the fact that Pacquiao is a die-hard Celtics fan. "We will not begin the Pacquiao-Bradley main event fight until the Celtics and the Heat finish their playoff game. Now Manny, the Heat, the Celtics and sports fans watching the basketball game won't have to make a choice between events. They will be able to watch both."

Well, only if they pony up the $54.95 for the pay-per-view (more in HD).

So what if there's overtime? Arum said the main event would still wait.