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Boxing gets direct challenge from MMA

Updated: August 19, 2011, 3:02 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

"Let the games begin," Top Rank promoter Bob Arum chortled into the phone on Thursday.

Arum was talking about the competition he is about to face from the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which has its first free event under its new deal with Fox coming on Nov. 12 at 9 p.m. ET -- directly against the HBO PPV card that Arum is promoting. You know the one, right? The one headlined by pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, who defends his welterweight title against Juan Manuel Marquez in ...

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