This weekend, fighting fans from around the world will stop whatever they're doing to watch Conor "The Notorious" McGregor fight Floyd "Money" Mayweather. It's a truly bizarre boxing mashup that is guaranteed to generate billions of dollars in streaming and gambling revenue. If you're keen to watch the smack down live but don't want to pay TMT prices, here are all the cheap ways to watch in Australia - with or without Foxtel.
The Mayweather Vs McGregor boxing match is set to commence on Sunday, August 27 (AEST) with coverage from 11am. (You can find out everything you need to know about the event here.)
The Mayweather Vs McGregor fight will be shown on the Main Event Pay-Per-View channel for $59.95 a pop. That's quite a few dollarydoos for a boxing match that might not last the full 12 rounds (or more than a few minutes.) Thankfully, there are several alternative options that will help to bring the costs down. Here they are, in no particular order.
Mayweather Vs McGregor is set to be the highest grossing boxing match of all time - in no small part due to the inflated price of tickets. Purchasing a live stream of the match will set you back $59.95. Unless, that is, you take advantage of a Foxtel streaming loophole that brings the price down to under $30. Here's how it's done...
Split the pay-per-view costs of McGregor Vs Mayweather with some mates
This is the simplest solution: just gather some likeminded buddies, purchase a single Pay-Per-View and split the $59.95 between you. As an added bonus, you can rope in that friend who has the biggest and best HD TV money can buy for a ringside-esque viewing experience. Just remember to factor in seating logistics and the cost of snacks - five mates in total is probably the sweet spot.
Watch McGregor Vs Mayweather at the cinema
If none of your friends are into boxing or MMA and you're planning to watch the event solo, it could be worth going to the cinema. Village and Event Cinemas will be streaming the match live on select cinema screens. Tickets start at $28 per person which is a tidy $31.95 saving on the online PPV price. Click here to book your tickets!
Watch McGregor Vs Mayweather at the pub
On paper, watching for free down the pub seems like the cheapest option - until you factor in the overpriced drinks and potential cover charges. Unless you're planning to go full teetotal (which makes the pub a poor choice of venue), you'll almost certainly spend more than $59.95. This goes double if you're also buying drinks for your partner or have a mate who never gets his or her shout in.
With that said, if you're after a rowdy atmosphere this is probably the best option. Here are all the best Irish pubs that will be showing the Mayweather Vs McGregor live.
On Sunday afternoon, Aussie boxing fans will converge on pubs and sports bars around the country to watch Conor McGregor duke it out in the ring against Floyd Mayweather. It's going to be quite the spectacle.
If you want a rowdy, ringside-esque experience, Australia's authentic Irish pubs are the ultimate venue. There will be cheering. There will be chanting. There will be drunken debauchery as only the Irish know how. With that in mind, here are the best Irish pubs in each capital city - all of which will be showing Mayweather vs McGregor on big screen TVs!
Use a VPN to watch McGregor Vs Mayweather
Mayweather Vs McGregor PPVs are a bit cheaper in some markets, including the UK. Equipped with a VPN, you should be able to purchase and view the match on Sky Sports Box Office to save a few bob. You can check out a list of some of our favourite VPNs here. Just be aware that circumventing geo-restrictions is legally murky.
We don't condone piracy, obvs, but if Game Of Thrones nerds get to watch their fave show for free, why not sports fans too? No, we're kidding. Don't do this. Illegal streaming is bad, mmkay? But if you're curious about how it all works, this guide has some relevant information.
It's the 'fight of the century'. Boxing versus MMA, Old versus New, Floyd 'Money' Mayweather versus Conor 'The Notorious' McGregor. Nothing about it makes any goddamn sense whatsoever but it's happening and there's nothing anyone can do about that.
The only thing we can do now is prepare.
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