Mayweather-Pacquiao streaming sites pull content after HBO, Showtime lawsuit

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By TODD SPANGLER, Variety.com

Two sites that had promised to live-stream this weekend's boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao - and were sued for copyright infringement by HBO and Showtime Networks - have stripped all fight-related content and may have shut down altogether.

As of earlier Thursday, boxinghd.net and sportship.org, had substantially removed all references to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, according to the law firm representing the cable networks, as well as Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank. Indeed, later in the day each of the sites appeared to be not loading at all.

"Most of the content on boxinghd.net appears to have been removed, and sportship.org only displays what appears to be a file directory," according to a filing Thursday by the firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in federal district court in California. "This futile effort by Defendants to obviate the need for a restraining order should fail."

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Mayweather-Pacquiao streaming sites pull content after HBO, Showtime lawsuit
People ride an escalator by signs advertising the Mayweather Pacquiao fight at the MGM Grand Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Merchandise for a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is for sale at the MGM Grand on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. The fight is scheduled to take place May 2 at the hotel and casino. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Merchandise for a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is for sale at the MGM Grand on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. The fight is scheduled to take place May 2 at the hotel and casino. (AP Photo/John Locher)
FILE - In this March 11, 2015, file photo, boxers Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, pose for photos after a news conference in Los Angeles. This is not Hagler-Hearns or Tyson vs. Anyone. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the greatest defensive boxer in history, and Manny Pacquiao hasn't shown knockout power in a while. Expect this fight to go to the scorecards. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
FILE - In this Monday, April 13, 2015, file photo, boxer Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, and his trainer Freddie Roach share a laugh as they look at a speed bag showing an images of Floyd Mayweather Jr., a gift from lawyer Robert Shapiro, background center, in Los Angeles. Roach has guided Pacquiao to the pinnacle of boxing, yet the most celebrated trainer of his era still rises before dawn and wins his daily fight with Parkinson's disease because he always finds new reasons to live. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Merchandise for a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is for sale at the MGM Grand on Friday, April 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. The fight is scheduled to take place May 2 at the hotel and casino. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, hits Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez during a WBO welterweight title fight Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, hits Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez during a WBO welterweight title fight Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines celebrates after his victory over Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez during a WBO welterweight title fight Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the U.S., left, exchange punches during their world welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. Pacquiao got the big knockdowns he so desperately craved, battering Algieri around the ring at will Sunday on his way to a decision win in one of the most lopsided welterweight title fights imaginable. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines lands a right on the face of WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri of the United States during their world welterweight title boxing match at the Venetian Macao in Macau, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Manny Pacquiao (R) hits Marco Antonio Barrera during the eighth round of their 12-round super featherweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center October 6, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Manny Pacquiao, of the Phillipines, is declared the victor, after his bout with Marco Antonio Barrera, of Mexico, during their super featherweight boxing match, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at The Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Referee Joe Cortez sends Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, to a neutral corner after Pacquiao knocked down Juan Manuel Marquez, of Mexico City, in the first round of their WBA and IBF world featherweight title fight Saturday, May 8, 2004 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Joe Cavaretta)
Covered in blood from a gash over his eye, Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, walks back to his corner between rounds during his world super featherweight championship against Erik Morales, of Mexico, on Saturday, March 19, 2005, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Morales won by decision after twelve rounds. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Manny Pacquiao, left, of the Philippines, takes a swing at Erik Morales, of Mexico, during the 10th round of their super featherweight boxing match Saturday night, Jan. 21, 2006, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won when the fight was stopped in the 10th round. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Erik Morales, left, of Mexico kneels on the mat as referee Kenny Bayless, center, calls him outs while Manny Pacquiao, right, of the Philippines, goes to a neutral corner during the 10th round of their super featherweight boxing match, Saturday night, Jan. 21, 2006, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Erik Morales, of Mexico, throws a left hand at Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, in the ninth round of their world super featherweight championship on Saturday, March 19, 2005, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Morales won by decision after twelve rounds. (AP Photo/R. Marsh Starks)
Manny Pacquiao (R) throws a right jab against a blocking Lehlohonolo Ledwaba during IBF Super Bantamweight Championship bout at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won the bout by way of knockout after 6 rounds. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Lehlohonolo Ledwaba fails to get up as he is counted out after being knocked down by Manny Pacquiao during IBF Super Bantamweight Championship bout at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao won the bout by way of knockout after 6 rounds. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, right, lands a right to the head of Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, during their WBO world welterweight fight Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas. Marquez won by a knockout. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, left, and Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, trade blows during their WBO world welterweight fight Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, left, knocks down Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, in the third round of their WBO world welterweight fight Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
Juan Manuel Marquez, left, of Mexico, takes a punch from Manny Pacquiao, of the Philippines, in the 12th round of their WBC super featherweight title match at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, Saturday, March 15, 2008. Pacquiao won by split decision after the 12th round. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
WBC lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao, right, throws a right to the body of Oscar De La Hoya during the second round of their welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
This is a Dec. 6, 2008 file photo showing WBC lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao celebrating his victory over Oscar De La Hoya after their welterweight boxing match in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won by TKO after the end of the 8th round. Pacquiao has been voted fighter of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, Tuesday March 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
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In a previous joint statement, HBO and Showtime had said the two sites were "promoting unauthorized free streams of our intellectual property. As content creators and distributors, we believe that combating piracy and stopping content theft is crucial to maintain our ability to provide our customers with world-class programming like the Mayweather-Pacquaio fight."

The fight from Las Vegas commences Saturday, May 2, at 9 p.m. ET. It's expected to pull in more than $150 million in pay-per-view revenue for the two cablers - who are normally huge rivals. The PPV event will cost $100 and will be available only through cable, satellite and telco TV partners.

News of the two alleged piracy sites pulling the plug on the Mayweather-Pacquiao content was reported earlier by Deadline.com.

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