Sky Sports Box Office has been awarded exclusive live rights to ‘the fight of the century’, the welterweight world championship unification clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
The contest, one of the most eagerly anticipated events in boxing history, will be shown live from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sky’s pay-per-view platform, priced at £19.95.
Sky has been in fierce competition from Frank Warren’s rival BoxNation network, who have screened a number of Mayweather’s recent fights, but the dedictated boxing channel has been pipped by Sky, who have clinched the UK broadcasting rights for the richest fight in ring history.
Bringing together two of greatest boxers of all time, the megafight sees Floyd Mayweather (47-0-0) the undefeated 11-time world champion and holder of the WBC and WBA titles, take on Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2) the reigning WBO welterweight world champion and winner of 10 world titles.
Sky Sports viewers will be able to follow build-up to Mayweather v Pacquiao across its channels and digital media outlets, including access to both boxers’ training camps, press conferences and public appearances.
Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, said: “This fight has everything and is set to be one of the biggest sports events of the year. As the home of boxing in the UK and Republic of Ireland, we’re thrilled to be awarded the rights.
“We’ll provide Sky Sports viewers with the best possible build-up across our channels and outlets and the best coverage of the fight itself from our team in Las Vegas.”
Analysis of the fight will be provided by Adam Smith, former world cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson and former world lightweight champion Jim Watt, as well as a range of boxing experts.
Sky Sports viewers can also enjoy an extensive schedule of support programming providing the best possible analysis of the fight including the weekly magazine programme Ringside, the Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast series and feature length interviews.
Sky Sports News HQ will be in Las Vegas during the final build-up to bring the latest news and analysis from both camps including the official press conferences, and weigh-in as the two fighters complete their training camps and anticipation reaches fever pitch.
Glenn McCrory has been a Sky Sports boxing expert since the network’s first live fight in 1989 and believes Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao will surpass them all.
“It’s the biggest fight of my Sky Sports career and I’ve been here since day one,” he told skysports.com. “We’re the biggest sports channel so you need the one event that simply must not slip through your fingers.
“The first world title fight Sky ever did was me! I lost my world title to Jeff Lampkin so I was Sky’s first world champion. I’ve been inside and outside the ring since the beginning and no fight comes close to Mayweather v Pacquiao.
“The Ricky Hatton era was brilliant because he took the British people with him to the very top. He was one of them, he was your mate in the pub.
“It seemed all 30,000 fans in Vegas watching him against Mayweather knew Hatton personally – they probably did. That was a special time for boxing on Sky.
“Carl Froch v George Groves II is the biggest Sky Sports fight so far – where else have you seen 80,000 people fill Wembley for boxing?
“Every now and again, two fighters click so well. It was made by the incredible first fight and the drama that played out over eight months. It was a soap opera.
“I’ve never been around a fight that everyone is talking about like this one, people are counting down the days. Mayweather v Pacquiao is up there with Muhammad Ali v George Foreman as a worldwide event – and it’s the biggest Sky Sports fight ever.
Floyd Mayweather’s megafight against Manny Pacquiao is part of a bumper month of live sport that Sky Sports viewers can enjoy during May.
The schedule includes live coverage of the Barclays Premier League, the Sky Bet Championship and League 1 and 2 Playoffs, Scottish Cup Final, the Spanish and Monaco Grand Prix, golf’s Players Championship from Sawgrass, and rugby league’s Magic Weekend from Newcastle’s St James Park stadium.
The cost of the event will be £19.95 and €24.95 across all forms of booking up until midnight Friday, May 1. From then on the cost will still be £19.95 / €24.95 if bookings are made via remote control and online, but will cost £24.95 / €29.95 if booked via the phone.
An additional £2 booking fee still applies if bookings are made via a telephone agent. Cable customers must contact their operator for booking information.