A few notes from around the boxing world:
Top Rank may not yet have a television partner to help produce and distribute Manny Pacquiao’s pay-per-view fight with welterweight world titleholder Jessie Vargas on Nov. 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas but the show will go on even without HBO’s involvement, according to Top Rank boss Bob Arum. HBO has been Pacquiao’s network for many years but it has declined to be involved in this fight because it did not want to have two pay-per-view events in the same billing cycle and it is already committed to the Nov. 19 HBO PPV fight between unified light heavyweight titleholder Sergey Kovalev and Andre Ward.
What that means for Pacquiao’s HBO contract when it comes to future fights is unclear, but Top Rank announced that the kickoff news conference to promote Pacquiao-Vargas fight will take place on Sept. 8 -- the same day tickets go on sale -- at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Pacquiao (58-6-2, 38 KOs) will be fighting for the first time since his resounding April decision win in his third fight with Timothy Bradley Jr., which was followed by a brief retirement. Vargas (27-1, 10 KOs) will be making the first defense of the vacant belt he won by ninth-round knockout of Sadam Ali in March. Vargas won the belt Bradley vacated in order to face Pacquiao again rather than face Vargas, who was the mandatory challenger.
Blue chip lightweight prospect Ryan Martin (15-0, 9 KOs), 23, of Cleveland, has been added to the undercard of flyweight champion and pound-for-pound king Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez’s move up in weight to challenge junior bantamweight world titleholder Carlos Cuadras on Sept. 10 (HBO) at the Forum in Inglewood, California, K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler told ESPN.com. Martin is slated to face Fermin De Los Santos (28-15-2, 18 KOs), 32, of Mexico, in an eight-rounder that will be part of the international telecast.
Irish middleweight prospect Jason Quigley (11-0, 9 KOs), 25, suffered a wrist injury, forcing him to withdraw from a fight scheduled to take place Sept. 17 on the Canelo Alvarez-Liam Smith undercard at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas, Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez told ESPN.com. He said the injury was not serious but that Quigley twisted his wrist and would not be ready to fight in just a couple of weeks.