While we waited years for the last great boxing match, Mayweather-Pacquiao, the latest big fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor came together much faster and the fight itself is already here.
On Saturday — or in some cases, Sunday — people all over the world will be tuning in to see what happens when a top MMA fighter takes on a top boxer and to see if the biggest name in combat sports, McGregor, can pull off the monumental upset over the greatest boxer of the last 20 years.
OK, well most people will be tuning in just to see the pomp and circumstance of a huge event that will include countless celebrities in the crowd and the glitz and glamour of a huge Las Vegas event.
But with McGregor likely retiring after the fight and McGregor returning to UFC, this could be the last boxing match for a while that truly transcends the sport.
How to watch it
There are various ways to legally watch the fight, but it won’t be cheap.
In the United States, the fight is being broadcast by Showtime Pay-Per-View. The fight will cost $US89.95 for the standard definition broadcast and $US99.95 for the HD.
Most people can order the fight directly from their television. You can also call your cable provider or place the order online. Showtime has direct links to most major cable and satellite providers for ordering.
In the UK and Ireland, things are a little cheaper. Sky Box Office will broadcast the fight and it will cost £19.95 (~US$26.00) for UK customers or €24.95 (~US$30.00) in Ireland.
You can also watch the fight right in a web browser. ShowtimePPV.com is offering the fight for $US99.95 in the United States.
Customers in the UK and Ireland can watch the fight online with Sky Box Office.
There are a number of different ways to watch the fight through streaming devices.
On Apple TV, fans will need will need the Showtime PPV app.
On Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Xbox One, fans can purchase the fight through the UFC TV app.
On PlayStation consoles, the fight can be ordered directly from the PlayStation store.
The fight can also be purchased by cord-cutters who subscribe to SlingTV. They can order directly through SlingTV on whatever platform they are using.
To watch the fight on an Apple mobile device (iPhones or iPads), viewers in the U.S. will need the Showtime PPV app. Interestingly, the fight will cost $US99.99, four cents higher than the other Showtime offerings.
For those on Android devices, the best bet appears to be UFC TV, although other options may work also.
Customers in the UK and Ireland can watch the fight on iOS or Android devices with Sky Box Office.
When to watch it
This is a little trickier because there is no set schedule. The broadcast will start at 9 p.m. on the east coast in the United States. Depending on a number of factors, including the earlier fights and the disposition of the fighters themselves, we can expect them to make their way to the ring around 11 p.m. on the east coast. From there, the opening bell could be anywhere from 30-60 minutes after that.
In London, the broadcast begins at 2:00 a.m. and the fighters will likely make their way to the ring around 4:00 a.m., which is a big reason the fight is so much cheaper on the east side of the Atlantic Ocean.
You can get a full rundown of when the Mayweather-McGregor fight will happen in various majors cities at this link.
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