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PBC production to rival the Super Bowl

Al Haymon is sparing no expense in creating what appears to be a boxing series with epic production value.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Boy, this will probably piss off Bob Arum, the man who previously had 'the best lighting' in the business. Premier Boxing Champions will eclipse that with production that is said to rival that of the Olympics and the Super Bowl.

"As you might consider a [Bruce] Springsteen or U2 concert an epic live viewing experience, I think it is fair to say that for a sport in an indoor arena like this, that is the level we're hoping to achieve," said Michael Marto, the executive producer for the PBC and the President and CEO of Executive Visions. "We're trying to create something here that will have that kind of emotional imprint for our fans."

Haymon is said to have the stated goal of creating an experience inside the arena that was as good as, or better than, watching at home.

"Previously, production values in an arena have left the audiences who have paid for their ticket secondary for the sake of television," Marto said. "We believe if we're going to turn this sport back into something that becomes mainstream that the live audience should be treated to something worthy of the ticket. To do that, of course you have to start with great fights. But we have created a venue experience which is completely immersive. This is the new modern Gladiator Dome and it is wrapped with modern technology 12 ways from Sunday.

"Your senses will be engaged the minute you come in. You will hear like you've never heard before. You will hear announcers; you will hear coverage; you will hear a phenomenal music score created by an Academy Award-winning composer."

That composer is none other than Hans Zimmer, who created a unique body of work just for this series.

"We got the world's preeminent film sound scorer-composer today, Hans Zimmer, to create an entire body of work, which is almost 80 minutes now with all the derivatives and almost 21 minutes of original music. He scored the whole PBC series, and so it's no different than Last Samurai, Gladiator, Inception, Batman, Pearl Harbor, whatever it may be. This music is now worthy of what we're trying to do."

It's really no surprise that Haymon is investing in great music production for his series, as he was a noted concert promoter prior to his boxing days. But it's not just about the music, they've also reeled in a huge television display over the main stage, with a number of other displays that will feature highlights, pre-produced feature packages, animation, graphics, as well as other surprises.

"This is going to create an epic feeling and this sense of grandeur of a major event," Marto said.

"The whole idea with the scale of what we're doing here is to take over the venue and create our own vibe inside the arena," Rodgers said. "If you go to the Colosseum in Rome, you know right away you're in a place you're not going to find anywhere else and you're going to see and feel things you don't see and feel anywhere else in the world.

"We wanted to do that same thing and create that same kind of feeling. We want to convey that this is big, it's significant, it's memorable, and we wanted to do so in a way so that we could take it with us. So if a fan is watching on television and they see it, when they go to one of our events in their hometown, they'll know it is PBC. They'll feel the venue has come to them, so to speak."

If you're into the glitz and glam, you should definitely check out the link to see all the specs they have in store...

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