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How CBS' Leslie Moonves helped seal Mayweather-Pacquiao fight
How CBS' Leslie Moonves helped seal Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

It began innocently last fall, a waiter at Craig’s restaurant in West Hollywood telling Leslie Moonves, the president and president and chief executive of CBS Corp., that he should talk with another frequent diner, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach. They had a drink together, Roach assuring Moonves that Pacquiao, an eight-division world champion, fiercely wanted to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., who had two bouts remaining with the CBS-owned premium cable network Showtime. Moonves, a devout boxing fan, badly wanted to push for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight that had fallen apart since late 2009 for multiple reasons, mostly personality conflicts. According to Roach,...

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