Background[ edit ] When the fight was announced, Mayweather was 38 years old and still undefeated, with a perfect professional record of 47 wins and 0 losses. At the time, plans were in motion for a rematch with Oscar De La Hoyawhich was going to take place September 20, At the time of his retirement, The Ring magazine had Mayweather ranked as the number 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, with Manny Pacquiao at number 2. Cause guess what?
Any other important details? Unlike Mayweather's bout with Manny Pacquiao in , this fight will actually be available on pay-per-view without a cable subscription.
But to watch the Mayweather-McGregor live stream, you'll have to pay the price just like cable subscribers do. That price includes the main bout and three preceding fights, which have a scheduled start time of 9 p.
Here's what cord-cutters need to know about streaming the Mayweather-McGregor fight: Mayweather-McGregor live-stream sources Cord-cutters have five pay-per-view options for streaming the big fight: Streaming through ShowtimePPV.
New subscribers can get a 7-day free trial. Keep in mind that these are all separate offerings. If you buy access on ShowtimePPV.
According to a Showtime representative, the Showtime app and website will stream at p resolution and at 60 frames per second if the device supports it. UFC, and Sony haven't responded to my requests for comment. So while the streaming option is nice to have, cable and satellite subscribers should probably buy the match through their TV boxes instead.
How many simultaneous streams are allowed per purchase? Showtime's website and apps will only allow one stream at a time per account, and a Sling TV representative confirmed the same. UFC has said in the past that it only supports one device at a time, and while I haven't heard back from Sony, presumably the same restriction will apply on PlayStation 4.
That means no watching on multiple televisions throughout the house or mooching off someone else's account.
Can I pause, rewind, and replay the fight? To pause and rewind, you'll need to watch on Sling TV, which will also offer an on-demand replay of the fight for six days after the event.
The other viewing options are limited to just the live broadcast. Can't I just stream the fight for free somewhere? While we don't condone piracy, it's probably a moot point given Showtime's aggressive stance on bootleg pay-per-view event streams.
Reliable, decent-quality streams were pretty much impossible to find with the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in , and Showtime has already started suing websites that might traffic illicit Mayweather-McGregor streams this time around.
Besides, there's no moral ground left for freeloaders now that Showtime is offering legal streaming options for cord-cutters.
If you're reading this before Saturday night's fight, consider choosing your platform and purchasing pay-per-view access ahead of time. Sign-up and billing systems can sometimes be a bottleneck for streaming services during high-demand periods, so paying now can help ensure that everything goes smoothly when the fight starts.
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