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Where to watch Mayweather vs McGregor live in New Zealand

Get out the popcorn fight fans, it’s on! The battle they said would never happen is unfolding on August 27 and here is everything you need to know.

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Professional world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather is taking on professional world champion MMA fighter Conor McGregor on 26 August in Las Vegas. Due to the time difference, it will air on 27 August in New Zealand and will be watched by millions through the early morning and afternoon. As the two biggest personalities and most respected fighters in their disciplines, the fight has attracted unparalleled attention. Nobody knows what will happen – anything could happen – and that’s what makes it so exciting. So how can you get in on the action?

The important info

  • When: 27 August 2017
  • Where: Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena
  • Undercard Start: 11am (NZT)
  • Main Card Start: ~1pm (NZT)
  • Mayweather vs. McGregor Start: Approximately ~2:30pm, depending on length of earlier fights.

Preliminary bouts (undercard) and weigh-in

The official weigh in is scheduled for 9am on 27 August. The preliminary bouts (the Undercard) will begin at 11am on August 27. Both of these parts of the fight will screened on SKY ARENA for $39.95 pay-per-view, and are also available through UFC pay-per-view.

Mayweather vs. McGregor Premium Live Options

Given the scale of this fight, it should come as no surprise that its broadcast is being tightly controlled. There are only two ways New Zealanders can legally watch the fight from the comfort of their own home.

For existing subscribers, the first is pay-per-view through Sky Arena. Thankfully, non-Sky subscribers can purchase the fight for the same price on Fan Pass. You can book it online by either:

  • Signing into Sky Arena online and ordering it
  • By calling 0800 759 758
  • By texting the word FIGHT to 4024
  • Buying it through your TV, if your SKY box is connected to your home internet

The second way of watching the fight is through the official UFC website where it’s being streamed pay-per-view in a similar way. Note that even if you have a UFC Fight Pass, you will still need to pay extra for pay per view to watch the fight itself.

How to watch Mayweather vs. McGregor for free

Unfortunately, the only way to watch the fight for free is at a venue, like a club or pub.

How to watch Mayweather vs. McGregor reduced cost option

If you are willing to pay-per-view but are baulking at the $39.95 fee, there is an alternative. Invite a couple of your friends around and split the cost. Four friends and $10 each, for example, will not only provide plenty of fun through Sunday, but you can save on food and drink costs by being able to bring your own.

Schedule of bouts

  • 11am August 27 – Prelims
  • 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)
  • 1 pm August 27 – Main Card
  • USBA Cruiserweight Title Fight = 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)
  • ~3pm pm August 27 – Main Fight
  • Light Middleweight = Floyd Mayweather Jr (USA, 49-0) vs. Conor McGregor (IRE, debut)

Who will win?

The bookies have Mayweather to win easily, paying $1.22 at the time of writing. McGregor, making his boxing debut, is an outsider at $4. This is mostly due to Mayweather fighting his mastered sport, with McGregor the one moving outside his comfort zone to make the bout happen.

McGregor, a southpaw, has a slight reach advantage at 188cm to orthodox Mayweather’s 183cm. He is also 2cm taller, coming in at 175cm. McGregor also has an 11-year age advantage, being only 29 to Mayweather’s 40. Mayweather has the better win percentage, having won 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 will likely win on any points decision due to his technical proficiency as a boxer. He will distance himself and dance as much as possible through the early rounds to wear his opponent out. McGregor, on the other hand, will need to land and capitalise on a heavy punch early to have any chance.

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