Cape Town - Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor - the
richest, most-hyped and over-the-top boxing fight in history - will be
broadcast live on DStv’s SuperSport 2 and Maximo 1 across Africa in the early
hours of Sunday, August 27.
SuperSport will cross to Las Vegas at 03:00 for the action-packed undercard
with the main bout expected to start after 05:00.
The entire tournament will be broadcast to DStv Premium subscribers only in
High Definition from the T-Mobile Arena.
Unlike in the US, where the fight will be available in HD on
pay-per-view for $99.95 (R1 300), the event is
included in SuperSport’s Premium offering among its other blue riband content
with no surcharge.
In keeping with the tradition of broadcasting super-fights, from Marvin Hagler
versus Tommy Hearns and Mike Tyson versus Michael Spinks to Mayweather against
Manny Pacquiao, SuperSport has been in the vanguard of delivering the action
“This has been at the top of our list ever since the fight was announced,” said
Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport.
“People continue to talk of the
great fights we brought to viewers in the 1980s and beyond. But this is more
than a fight, it’s a mega-event with layers of controversy, excitement and
intrigue. We’ll also be putting together great background programming
especially for our valued DStv customers around the fight.”
Billed as “The Money Fight”, the contest has drawn as much praise as it has
criticism for the nature of the match-up: boxing’s most celebrated fighter of
the last decade against Mixed Martial Arts’ most resplendent star who has yet
to engage in a professional boxing fight.
Big fight fans can watch via their decoders or on DStv Now, online or the app.
Non-DStv customers will be able to watch the fight on the internet TV service
Showmax later in the day. Showmax costs R99 per month for unlimited viewing and
has more than 25 000 TV show episodes, movies, kids shows and documentaries.
Showmax can be viewed on smartphones and tablets, smart TVs, Apple TV and
Android TV, and via web browser. To sign up for Showmax visit www.showmax.com.
Highlights of the fight will also be available on DStv’s Catch Up service in
the hours after the event. Catch Up Plus, available on connected Exploras, will
carry the full fight later in the day.