Ready the popcorn, fight fans — it’s on! The battle they said would never happen unfolds on August 26.
Professional world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather takes on professional world champion MMA fighter Conor McGregor on Saturday, August 26, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. As the two biggest personalities and most respected fighters in their disciplines, Mayweather vs. McGregor is attracting unparalleled attention. Nobody knows what will happen — anything could happen — and that’s just what makes it so exciting.
So how can you get in on the action?
The important info
How to watch the fight without cable
The preliminary bouts and broadcasts — the “Undercard,” in fighting parlance — begin at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 26. They’re expected to end by 11 p.m. but will likely run late.
Cord-cutters have a handful of pay-per-view options for streaming the main event:
- Showtime PPV. Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge desktop browsers; Chrome for mobile.
- Showtime PPV app. Apple TV (fourth-generation only), iPad or iPhone.
- UFC Pay-Per-View. Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV (fourth-generation only), Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Samsung Smart TV and LG Smart TV.
- PlayStation 4. Purchase access in the PlayStation Store.
- Sling TV. PC, Mac, Android, iOS, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV (fourth-generation only), Chromecast, Roku, Xbox One, LeEco TVs, ZTE TVs, LG WebOS 3.0 TVs and Channel Master DVRs.
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Catch all the action with a cable subscription
But remember: You could find that you’re able to watch the show only on the device you’ve ordered it on, so don’t lock it to your phone if you want to get it on the big screen.
Mayweather vs. McGregor Cinema Experience
Fathom Events will broadcast the fight live on August 26 from hundreds of cinemas around the US. Prices are around $40 but vary by cinema. For just you and a few of your friends, it could be one of the cheapest ways to catch the action, other than getting it for free.
How to watch Mayweather vs. McGregor for free
There’s no better time for new customers to sign up with Dish — and get a free front-row seat (sort of) to the fight on your TV.
The only other way to get it for nothing is to head to a local bar or club that’s planning to show it. It’s one of the biggest events around, so you can likely walk to your nearest sports bar to watch it.
How to watch Mayweather vs. McGregor for cheap
If the $99 for HD pay-per-view sounds steep to you, invite your friends over to split the cost. Bring together just 10 of your buddies to get the show live for about $10 each. That’s plenty of fun on a Saturday night, not to mention saving on food and drinks by bringing your own.
Schedule of bouts — Saturday, August 26
7 p.m. ET — Preliminary card
- Women’s Super Middleweight Savannah Marshall (USA, debut) vs. Amy Coleman (USA, debut)
- Super Middleweight Kevin Newman (USA, 7–0–1) vs. Antonio Hernandez (USA, 9–1–0)
- Welterweight Juan Heraldez (USA, 12–0) vs. Jose Miguel Borrego (MEX, 13–0)
- Welterweight Shawn Porter (USA, 21–2–1) vs. Thomas Dulorme (PRI, 24–2)
9 p.m. ET — Main card
- USBA Cruiserweight Title Andrew Tabiti (USA, 14–0) vs. Steve Cunningham (USA, 29–8–1)
- WBA (Regular) Light Heavyweight Title Nathan Cleverly (GBR, 30–3) vs. Badou Jack (SWE, 21–1–2)
- IBF Super Featherweight Title Gervonta Davis (USA, 18–0) vs. Francisco Fonseca (CRC, 19–0–1)
Est. 11:30 p.m. ET — Main fight
- Light Middleweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. (USA, 49–0) vs. Conor McGregor (IRE, debut)
Who will win?
Because this is Mayweather’s mastered sport, most bookies believe that Mayweather will win easily — whereas McGregor’s moving outside his MMA comfort zone for his boxing debut.
The southpaw McGregor has a slight reach advantage and also comes in at slightly taller than Mayweather. McGregor also has an 11-year age advantage — he’s 29 to Mayweather’s 40. Mayweather has a better win percentage, winning 100% of his professional contests to McGregor’s 86%. However, McGregor (86%) has a much higher knockout percentage to Mayweather (53%).
We know Mayweather can last the distance, and he’ll likely win on any points decision due to his technical boxing proficiency. It’s anticipated that he’ll distance himself and dance as much as possible throughout the early rounds to wear out his opponent. McGregor, on the other hand, will need to land and capitalize on a heavy punch early on to have any chance of winning.