The mega-fight between welterweight champions Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao is set to be shown on pay-per-view in the United Kingdom after Sky beat off competition from BoxNation and BT Sport to screen the event live.
Mayweather, 38, and his 36 year-old Filipino rival collide in the richest fight ever to grace the sport on May 2 in Las Vegas and Sky have now snagged exclusive rights to air the bout on their Sky Sports Box Office platform.
Fans in the UK are now facing a rise in the price of ordering the event as part of Sky’s right to show the contest hinged of handing over a portion of the profits they gain from charging per purchase. The usual £14.95 is set to be hiked up to £19.95 or above as Sky attempt to minimise any possible losses from handing over a percentage.
A piece of good news for fight fans may yet follow though as plans for the recently announced May 30 extravaganza at the O2 Arena, which features world title fights involving Brits Lee Selby and Kevin Mitchell, to be shown on PPV should now be shelved.
Sky have always had a policy of not showing two pay-per-view events in the same month, meaning fans may well be able to watch Mitchell v Jorge Linares and Selby v Gradovich without forking out any more cash for the privilege.
It’s a bitter blow for BoxNation though who would have had the chance to considerably expand their subscription base by showing Mayweather v Pacquiao to their viewers who currently pay £12 per month for the channel.