Fans who want to watch the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight live online will be in luck, with an option for live streaming of Saturday’s mega-fight that includes a way to avoid the huge Pay-Per-View fee.
Mayweather and Pacquiao are set to finally meet in the ring after years of negotiations that fell apart. Several times the boxers danced around the idea of a fight only to see the process fall apart, but early this year momentum finally built for the two to meet in the ring.
Now, the boxers will finally set foot in the ring, squaring off Saturday night in a bout billed as the “Fight of the Century.” The 47-0 Mayweather will take on 57-5-2 Pacquiao from Las Vegas, with fight time likely coming at around 11:30 p.m.
Though it took years for the fight to finally come together, there are some who believe the wait may have actually made a better fight.
“I believe this fight is going to be more exciting today than five years ago because both guys are not as agile on their feet,” boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya told ESPN. “Mayweather has lost a step or two with his legs and so has Pacquiao. Pacquiao will have a chance to connect a few punches on Mayweather and vice versa.”
There were few tickets available to the public for the bout, and those that were up for grabs sold out almost immediately. Tickets are now selling on the secondary market starting at about $5,000, and floor seats are being listed in the low six figures.
Finding a way to watch the bout live online may actually be just as difficult. Both HBO and Showtime have been unusually aggressive with sites advertising free streaming video of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, threatening legal action and actually getting the streams stopped.
But there is actually a way to watch the fight live online — and completely free.
Time has details of a special deal DISH is offering that allows people to watch the fight and avoid the $100 fee.
“A special promotion from DISH allows new subscribers to get the pay-per-view fight at no charge. To qualify, however, new customers must agree to a 24-month contract with DISH. An offer like this really only makes sense if you were close to switching over to DISH anyway, and the free viewing of the ‘Fight of the Century’ just sweetens the deal. In order to get the PPV for free, be sure to use the code “BOXING” when signing up.”
Those who have DISH will be able to watch the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight live online thanks to the provider’s Watch TV Online function.
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