Dan Rafael: Pacquiao-Marquez

Pacquiao-Marquez on '24/7' again

October, 24, 2012
As many times as they have fought each other, and given how many times they have been featured on various installments of HBO's "24/7" reality series, I'm not sure what ground is left to be covered when it comes to Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Nonetheless, they will be featured yet again on the series as they prepare for their fourth fight against each other.

Pacquiao -- who is up a controversial 2-0-1 in the rivalry -- and Marquez will meet in a welterweight fight Dec. 8 (HBO PPV) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

On Wednesday, HBO announced the schedule for the four-part series, which will, as always, provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access and interviews with the fighters and their camps in the lead-up to the fight.

"24/7 Pacquiao/Marquez," the 16th boxing installment of the series (which has won 16 Sports Emmys), debuts Saturday night, Nov. 17 (12:15 a.m. ET/PT). The second and third episodes debut on subsequent Saturday nights (Nov. 24 at 12:45 a.m. ET/PT and Dec. 1 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT), while the finale premiers Friday, Dec. 7 (8 p.m. ET/PT).

Pacquiao will be making his seventh appearance in a "24/7" series. Marquez will be featured on his third edition of the show.

"The intensity of this eight-year rivalry will be a great jumping off point for our all-new edition of '24/7'," executive producer Rick Bernstein said. "We are eager to follow both teams in the build-up to the fourth chapter. Episode 1 will be dedicated to revisiting their first three bouts [2004, 2008 and 2011] with a documentary-style production."

Aaron Cohen returns as the series' writer, and the shows will once again be narrated by Liev Schreiber.

As part of the deal between HBO and ESPN, which was announced in September, episodes of the series will also be replayed on ESPN.

Pacquiao-Marquez IV ticket info

September, 27, 2012
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have already fought three times without reaching a conclusive decision in any of their bouts -- a draw and two tight Pacquiao wins, by split and majority decision.

Hopefully, there will be a decisive ending when they meet in the fourth installment of the popular rivalry. It goes down Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. If you'd rather go to Vegas for the fight instead of watching on HBO PPV, the tickets go on sale Friday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.

Tickets are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400 and $200. Tickets are limited to 10 per person except in the $200 range, which are limited to two per person. They are available with a credit card by phone from Ticketmaster (800-745-3000) or at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Ring Tones: Pacquiao-Marquez IV

September, 19, 2012

Bummed that Manny Pacquiao picked Juan Manuel Marquez for his dance partner on Dec. 8, rather than giving Timothy Bradley Jr. or Miguel Cotto another twirl on the apron? ESPN.com's Dan Rafael says that pulling the trigger on this fight, if not a no-brainer, at least makes sense. The first three Pacquiao-Marquez bouts were successful, compelling and, of course, closely contested. Rafael has only one additional wish for fight No. 4. Watch the video above for more.