There’s only a few hours left until Conor McGregor faces Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas this evening, and the world is poised for an enourmous fight.
Millions, perhaps even billions of people around the world will be watching the event. Have you sorted out your plans yet?
Never fear if not, because here’s a thorough guide to viewing Mayweather vs McGregor on August 26 (the morning of 27 if you’re in the UK).
We’ve got all you need to know about the cost of the PPV, the TV channel it will be shown on, and the time you can expect to be staying up for.
Let’s begin with the basics:
What TV channel will it be on?
How much will it cost to watch?
American fights fans will have to pay £69.85 ($89.99) to watch in standard definition and £77.60 ($99.99) for HD.
But in the UK the fight will cost viewers £19.95 or €24.95 for Republic of Ireland customers.
Telephone bookings after midnight on Friday will increase to £26.95 (online purchases remain at £19.95) before reverting back at 7am next Sunday.
Over four million people paid to watch Mayweather secure an uneventful points victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2014 but appetite for this week’s fight could see that figure dwarfed.
How to watch the fight in the UK?
For those with Sky:
Subscribers can purchase the fight online here, through their box or online the telephone – 03442 410 888. If you’re calling from the Republic of Ireland, it’s: 0818 220 225.
How can I live stream the fight?
With Sky Sports Box Office you can watch the fights live via your PC/Desktop/MAC, NOW TV box, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet.
It’s simple to sign up, pay and watch – create an account and pay at www.skysports.com/boxofficelive.
Virgin TV customers (with a TiVo® or Virgin TV V6 box) can also see the whole thing on Sky Sports Box Office. It costs £19.95 for SD and £20.95 for HD.
What have people in the industry said about the PPV cost?
UFC president Dana White has already defended the decision to charge viewers nearly $100 to watch the fight.
“When you talk about superfights, this is a superfight. Two different guys from two different sports going in and putting it on the line. You can’t charge what you normally charge for a pay-per-view, I get it.
“There was pushback on the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao superfight and it ended up being the biggest fight ever in the history of PPV,” he added.