IT is so here – Conor McGregor fight Floyd Mayweather in the richest boxing match in history.
The Notorious and boxing king Mayweather both came in under the 154lbs limit at Friday’s heated weigh-in.
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Mayweather, is putting his unblemished 49-0 record on the line, having come out of retirement at the age of 40 for the bout.
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Though he holds a boxing licence from the Nevada State Athletics Commission, this will be McGregor’s first pro boxing bout.
When is Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather?
The long-awaited fight takes place tonight – Saturday, August 26 – or in the early hours of Sunday morning UK time.
The fight was meant to start at 4.15am, but with the undercard running late and US PPV issues the fight will now start around 5am.
US broadcasters Showtime said in a statement: “Due to high demand, we have reports of scattered outages from various cable and satellite provides and the online offering. We will delay the start of the main event slightly to allow for systems to get on track. We do not expect a lengthy delay.”
What TV channel is fight on?
Sky Sports will show the fight on their Box Office channel for £19.95.
They will broadcast it via their pay-per-view service live from Las Vegas.
In the US, on the other hand the sum is far pricier.
It will cost £77.60 ($99.99) to watch on Showtime PPV in America in HD, £69.85 ($89.99) in standard definition.
What time does the UK TV coverage begin?
Sky Sports Box Office start their coverage at midnight on Saturday.
Two ex-pugilists will be on the panel for analysis.
Former boxer Carl Froch and ex-UFC ace Dan Hardy will be on punditry duty on Sky.
Anna Woolhouse will be fronting the coverage for Sky Sports.
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How can I live stream the fight?
Sky Sports Box Office now allows you to stream the fight live via a PC/Desktop/MAC, NOW TV box, iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet for £19,95. Click here for full Sky Sports’ full terms and conditions for the fight.
It makes it very simple for fans as all you have to do is sign up, make the transaction and watch the fight unfold.
Once you’ve paid, you can then select which viewing online/device you want to watch the fight on using the same login details created at sign up (i.e e-mail address and password).
You cannot watch the event through a Sky or Virgin box if purchased to stream online or via the Box Office apps.
Click here to create a Sky Sports account to stream the fight.
What did the fighters weigh in as?
At Friday night’s weigh in at the T-Mobile Arena, McGregor tipped the scales on 153lbs (10st 13lbs) – a pound under the 154lbs light-middleweight limit.
Mayweather came in far smaller at 149.5lbs – nearly FIVE pounds under the limit.
After he re-hydrates , it is expected McGregor can get right up to 170lbs for fight night.
Who is fighting on the undercard?
Welshman Nathan Cleverly defending his WBA light-heavyweight title against Badou Jack leads the charge.
Fellow Brit Savannah Marshall – the UK’s first ever women’s amateur boxing world champion – will make her pro debut.
Marshall, from Hartlepool, is signed to Mayweather Promotions.
Elsewhere, Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis faces Francisco Fonseca as he bids to maintain his unbeaten record.
Davis won’t be defending his title, however, he failed to make the weight and was stripped of his IBF super-featherweight strap.
This means that only Fonseca will be able to win the belt.
What is the full undercard for McGregor vs Mayweather?
IBF super featherweight title (only Fonseca can win)
Gervonta Davis (18-0) vs. Francisco Fonseca (19-0-1)
WBA light heavyweight title
Nathan Cleverly (30-3) vs. Badou Jack (21-1-2)
USBA cruiserweight title
Andrew Tabiti (14-0) vs. Steve Cunningham (29-8-1)
Savannah Marshall (GBR, debut) vs. Amy Coleman (USA, debut)
Juan Heraldez (USA, 12-0) vs. Jose Miguel Borrego (MEX, 13-0)
Kevin Newman (USA, 7-0-1) vs. Antonio Hernandez (USA, 9-1-0)
What venue will hold it?
Mayweather Promotions have booked the 20,000 capacity T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for the fight.
The venue will also host Gennady Golovkin vs Canelo Alvarez the following month on 16 September.
Is it true I can watch the fight in a cinema?
Yes you can.
Vue are screening the fight in cinemas up and down the UK – from Portsmouth to Inverness.
There are a number of tickets available, ranging from seniors to students – as well as the freedom to purchase VIP tickets.
The viewing times on the website say the showing began at 11.45pm on Saturday evening and will go on through to 7.10am on Sunday morning. Click here to book tickets.
What are the latest odds?
Mayweather to win is just 2/9 at present, with the underdog McGregor 7/2 to pull off the upset. A draw is 40/1.
Follow all the latest fight odds on SunBets.
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