Unfortunately for fans in the United States, it looks like they are the only ones paying through the nose…
Coming on August 26 is a ‘boxing match’ that has everyone talking. On paper it’s a complete mismatch, a landslide, but Mayweather vs. McGregor has it’s interesting qualities too.
For instance, now a ripe 40 years of age, Floyd Mayweather admits to being much slower than he once was. Also Conor McGregor is massive in comparison, with the muscle mass, height and reach advantage over ‘Money.’
But are fans willing to pay to see this fight even though there are many sports streaming sites where they can watch it for free? Even if the perceived slim chance lucky punch could land from McGregor?
Will People Pay For The Money Fight?
As per a report on MMAFighting.com, the Mayweather vs. McGregor ticket prices are greatly reduced in the UK. As far as pay-per-views are concerned, they are nowhere near as frequent or popular in the United Kingdom as they are in the states.
Perhaps that’s why fans in the UK will get the fight at a quarter of the price:
According to the release, the Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view will be available to UK fans for £19.95 ($26.31 in U.S.), and to Irish fans for €24.95 ($29.47 in U.S.).
The cost of the PPV for UK and Irish fans represents a considerable drop from the U.S. price point, which stands at $89.95 for the standard definition broadcast and $99.95 for high definition.
The press release also states that Sky viewers will enjoy “a range of support programming” ahead of the highly anticipated boxing bout.
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Poor Ticket Sales…
Aside from the pay-per-view potential, one other large revenue source is attendance. According to a report on BloodyElbow.com, there are many good seats unsold, and here’s why:
There’s a reason tons of good seats remain for what was supposed to be the year’s hottest ticket. In their quest to extract every dollar possible, promoters wildly miscalculated their audience. This isn’t boxing, with an established wealthy fan base willing to pay thousands of dollars as they did for Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao.
It’s entertainment, much like Wrestlemania, and a good excuse to get a few friends together for a party. But it’s a little tougher to justify $15,000 (plus $1,292.81 in service fees) for two seats in Section 4, Row S of the T-Mobile arena that are so far from ringside you’ll need to spend another $100 for a pair of binoculars to see the action.
The bottom lines is simple; this fight is ALL about the bottom line. As far as fans and potential paying viewers are concerned, does lining the pockets of McGregor and Mayweather really seem that worth paying for, even at a quarter of the US price?