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US boxer Floyd Mayweather gestures to thWhen Bob Arum made a deal to take Manny Pacquiao to Showtime for a single fight with Shane Mosley in 2011, Ross Greenburg, largely regarded boxing’s most powerful person, was pressured into resigning from his post as president of HBO Sports after 33 years for failing to retain the broadcast rights to one of the sport’s biggest stars.

With Tuesday’s announcement by Leonard Ellerbe that Floyd Mayweather has signed a multi-fight deal with Showtime, new president Ken Hershman has lost his network’s biggest boxing asset to their biggest rival after only a single year on the job. Making matters especially bitter is that prior to his appointment as President of HBO Sports, Hershman spent nine years overseeing Showtime Sports, the second biggest boxing broadcaster. His hiring to run HBO’s sports programming was a surprise given his very public criticism of the network before he began working there.

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