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HBO's Hershman touts Mayweather, Pacquiao, network's 2012 lineup
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Ken Hershman ran down an HBO lineup that includes fights such as Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley, Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson II, Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan II, Sergio Martinez-Matthew Macklin, and Brandon Rios-Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Prior to last Thursday's New York press conference announcing the Pay Per View showdown between WBO welterweight titleholder Manny Pacquiao and challenger Tim Bradley, Ken Hershman admitted being a little nervous.
Hershman was just a little more than a month into his new role as President of HBO Sports after having served his previous 19 years in a similar role at Showtime.
At Showtime, Hershman had helped to nurture the career of Bradley, the WBO's current junior welterweight beltholder, and had won the rights to televise the Pacquiao's victory over Shane Mosley.
But this was different. This time, he was representing his long-time opposition and introducing the first major boxing event of 2012.
So as he approached the podium for his big moment, after having been introduced by the fight's promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, Hershman had to remind himself of the fact that he was doing so at the rival network.
Hershman did so by scribbling the HBO call letters on the top of the notes from which he read.
"After 19 years being somewhere else, I was just very humbled to be able to have that [HBO] at the top of the piece of paper," said Hershman, during a recent interview with RingTV.com. "Because this is a special place, with a special history, and I'm proud to be a part of it."
Hershman shared more of his thoughts in this Q&A with RingTV.com, wherein he also provided details of the network's boxing schedule, including Pacquiao-Bradley and the May 5 clash featuring WBC welterweight titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr. challenging WBA junior middleweight beltholder Miguel Cotto on May 5.
RingTV.com: Were you nervous the night before the press conference?
"For me, Adrien Broner is one of the most exciting, young fighters in the game today, and, this is his toughest test to date. I just love to see kids like that get a challenged.
"I couldn't imagine anybody rooting against Devon Alexander as a person, as an athlete, and, I don't know who is going to win that fight, but my suspicion is that there will be no loser in that bout."