By many standards, 2013 was a disastrous year for the boxing program on HBO Sports. In February, boxing's biggest star, Floyd Mayweather Jr., bolted HBO to sign a massive, six-fight, 30-month contract with rival Showtime.
After HBO subsequently announced it would no longer do business with Golden Boy Promotions, HBO lost both Bernard Hopkins and Adrien Broner. In 2012 while fighting on HBO, Hopkins attracted the second-largest audience to a bout on cable and Broner drew the fourth-largest.
Both men finished the year fighting on Showtime, with Broner headlining a card on the network in San Antonio next week against Marcos Maidana.
Because of Mayweather, Showtime took over as the sport's leading pay-per-view distributor, selling more than three million units spanning Mayweather's two fights in 2013. HBO offered two pay-per-view bouts, featuring Timothy Bradley over Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao overRead More »from Despite split with Golden Boy, HBO still dominates cable ratings in big boxing year