SAN DIEGO, September 2, 2017 – For those who saved their C-note, or were in a crowd of friends and family and couldn’t get a decent view of the screen, Showtime Sports will air the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor event in its entirely on Showtime tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT (6 p.m. PT for those who receive Showtime East).
Immediately following the rebroadcast, an epilogue edition of “All Access: Mayweather vs. McGregor” will air at 10:15 p.m. ET/PT looking at the aftermath of the showdown.
What should you expect to see? Exactly what we predicted. Mayweather, the master of the ring, has little trouble with the inexperienced boxing verion of McGregor. Mayweather employs smart defense and lets McGregor do his best for the first few rounds until he’s worn out. Then Mayweather goes to work, eventually doing enough harm to McGregor without anything in return to force referee Robert Byrd to stop the contest in the tenth round.
This version of Floyd Mayweather is slower and rustier at 40 years old than the Mayweather of his prime. What impresses is how good Mayweather remains despite the realities of age and having been out of the ring for two years. He is now 50 and 0, and says he is officially retired.
Total pay-per-view buys haven’t been tallied and announced yet, but Showtime believes the August 26 PPV will reach the mid to high four million buys mark. This is close to the previous record of 4.6 million U.S. PPV buys set in 2015 when when Mayweather fought eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather held previous PPV records with his fights against Canelo Álvarez in 2013 (2.2 million buys) and Oscar de la Hoya in 2007 (2.4 million buys).
Part of the reason the fight won’t hit Mayweather-Pacquiao numbers is the volume of illegal live-streamed rebroadcasts, using online tools such as Facebook Live or Periscope. The content-security vendor Irdeto estimates the number at 239 illegal live-streamed rebroadcasts online, reaching an estimated 2.93 million viewers worldwide, In addition, an estimated 445,000 people downloaded the fight after it ended, including 78,000 in the U.S. and 49,000 in the U.K. and Ireland.
Our recommendation: watch the fight tonight if you aren’t otherwise engaged. Then remember and compare when you sit down next weekend on Saturday, September 9 to watch six of the finest boxers pound for pound ever assembled on one night for the “Superfly” event on HBO Boxing live from the fabled StubHub Center in Carson, California.
Six super flyweight champions or contenders are featured. In the main event, Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez gets a rematch against the man who handed him his controversial first loss in March, Srisikat Sor Rungvisai of Thailand. In the co-feature, countrymen Carlos “Principe” Cuadras and Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico go toe to toe for national pride and the right to fight the winner of Gonzalez vs. Rungvisai. The television event opens with the American debut of an exciting talent, Naoya Inoue of Japan, who will face Antonio Nieves of Cleveland, Ohio. Mark your calendar now.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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