Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor finally face off on August 26th. It’s the one we’ve all been waiting for, but it does come at a price.
Ringside seats are more expensive than the average soul, and even the pay per view will cause a major dent in your wallet.
In 2017, they’re offering a standard definition version for a bargain price of $89.95, while HD will set you back by $99.95.
To give some idea of the contrast, McGregor fans in Britain and Ireland will only have to pay £19.95 ($25.00) to see the bout via Sky Sports. (The UK market generally pays more than the US for most goods.)
Of course, Sky is blocked for US citizens, but there is a way to get past the restrictions.
How to stream the biggest fight in sports history in the U.S.
So if you’re looking for Mayweather vs McGregor live stream options, it’s worth signing up to a VPN service.
You’ll be able to spoof your location with a different IP, which could be used to sign up to a service (like Sky Sports) in the UK.
As long as you choose a VPN with servers in the UK, (for the IP address) it’s easy to gain access and buy the PPV.
Make sure to choose a provider that specialises in live streaming and fast connection speeds, as you don’t want the fight to cut out unexpectedly.
Regardless, Showtime is confident that the fight has enough mainstream appeal to secure record-breaking buys on the night.
To be fair, they’re right. Whether by biting the bullet, or sharing the cost between friends, the contest is likely to have a massive audience in the US.
It’s not the same to watch sports that aren’t live, and you’re never going to be able to stay away from spoilers.
Above all, there’s no reason why you should be forced to pay $100 for a fight that could be over in the first minute.
Worse still, it could be 36 boring minutes that lead to a predictable unanimous decision and a 50-0 record.
The US market is clearly being gouged, and most of the potential audience has no idea they can watch the fight for a fraction of the advertised price.
You can find out more about using a VPN to watch McGregor v Mayweather here.