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MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao should have a say in choosing the network that will carry his next fight through pay-per-view.

“He’s the co-promoter so he needs to be part of the decision,” said Franklin Gacal, Pacquiao’s legal counsel.

Bob Arum of Top Rank said the other day the decision would come next week whether it’s HBO/Warner or Showtime/CBS.

Arum said there’s a lot of money involved, and from the $10 million that Showtime coughed up for the Shane Mosley fight last May, this one could go as high as $15 million.

Arum said it’s unbelievable how huge HBO and Showtime are willing to put in for the pay-per-view rights for Pacquiao’s next fight.

The Mosley fight did around 1.4 million PPV hits, and Arum sees a bigger number, even higher than 1.5 million hits, for Pacquiao’s third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 12.

“While we respect Bob Arum’s decision, everything must be transparent to Manny because he gets a percentage of everything that goes into the pot,” said Gacal.

Pacquiao was guaranteed $20 million for the Mosley fight, and earned probably over $10 million more through the pay-per-view sales.

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