Boxing fans who want to watch the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight around the globe will have plenty of options, with providers in just about every nation offering a way to watch with prices ranging from nothing to $100.
The bout is one of most highly anticipated matches in decades, a meeting that seemed at many points would never happen. Pacquiao and Mayweather had entered negotiations a few times in the past years, but the process always ended up being derailed and the fight called off.
But this time, the two camps were determined to come together, and a series of in-person meetings between Mayweather and Pacquiao helped bring it together.
The two are now set to meet on Saturday in Las Vegas, with start time expected to be around 11:30 p.m.
So, just how do you watch the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight? To start, watching online will be nearly impossible, with both HBO and Showtime flexing their legal muscle to shut down illegal live streaming sites.
There still is one option for live streaming video of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight, and it happens to be free (at least, sort of free). DISH is offering a promotion that allows new subscribers to get the pay-per-view fight for free — as long as they sign a 24-month contract with DISH.
It’s really only a deal that makes sense to people planning on buying DISH anyway, but it does at least allow them to watch the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight live online through the provider’s Watch TV Online function.
So, how do you watch the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight in other countries? Luckily, the Guardian has a full list of where the fight is being broadcast, and what it will cost (if you’re in a handful of countries then you’re in luck, with the fight playing for free).
Here is the full list:
UK – £19.95 on Sky Sports or £14.95 on TalkTalk
United States – $100 on Showtime and HBO
Australia – A$59.95 on Main Event
Austria – €20 on Sky Select
Canada – CAD$94.99 on Shaw
Colombia – free on RCN
China – free on CCTV5
Denmark – 499kr on Viasat
Dubai – free on DU
Finland – €49.9 on Viasat
France – free on MCS
Germany – €20 on Sky
Mexico – free on Televisa and Azteca
New Zealand – NZ$49.99 on Sky Arena
Norway – 499kr on Viasat
Philippines – free with a slight delay or P2,500 live
Singapore – SGD$39.90 on StarHub TV
South Africa – free on SuperSport
Spain – €12 on Taquilla PPV and Marca
Sweden – 499kr on Viasat
Thailand – free on Channel7
United Arab Emirates – Dh125 on OSN Box Office
There is at least one place where it will be nearly impossible to watch the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight — inside the MGM Grand itself. The tickets that were made available to the public sold out in 60 seconds, and the only ones left on the secondary market are going for anywhere from $5,000 to $300,000.
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