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Updated: May 3, 2008, 6:04 PM ET
By Kieran Mulvaney

Saturday, 4 p.m. ET -- It's not PPV. It's HBO.

The Oscar De La Hoya-Steve Forbes bout marks the third consecutive major card that has been on "free" HBO, rather than pay-per-view, following the Bernard Hopkins-Joe Calzaghe clash two weeks ago and the Miguel Cotto-Alfonso Gomez/Antonio Margarito-Kermit Cintron doubleheader the week before that.

"We want to take at least two fights a year ticketed for pay-per-view and put them on HBO," said Kery Davis, HBO's vice president for sports programming. "I think that's one of the toughest problems the sport has. We tax our fans. It's very expensive to be a boxing fan. You get your cable subscription, you get HBO and Showtime, and then you have to go out and get eight pay-per-views a year, or six pay-per-views a year, it's a very expensive endeavor."

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