BBC radio to broadcast Mayweather v McGregor

5 Live takes UK radio commentary of boxing match as Eleven announces Taiwan deal.

BBC radio to broadcast Mayweather v McGregor

The BBC has acquired the UK radio rights to the upcoming boxing match between undefeated former five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr and mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Conor McGregor.

UK listeners will be able to hear live commentary from Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Saturday on its Radio 5 Live channel and through its digital platforms. The BBC’s boxing correspondent Mike Costello will be joined by pundit Steve Bunce for coverage of the light-middleweight bout.

Its website will also carry a live text commentary of the ‘Money Fight’, as well as updates from the fighters' press conferences and on the the weigh-in.

Elsewhere, Eleven Sports has acquired the Taiwanese broadcast rights for the 26th August fight. Fans in Taiwan can secure exclusive online access to the promotion, including the full undercard, via a Fight Pass subscription for a one-time payment of NT$199 (US$6.50). Alternatively, an annual pass can be purchased for NT$719 (US$23.70).

“We are committed to delivering world-class, premium sports entertainment for the fans and we are thrilled to bring this super fight exclusively live to fans in Taiwan and Belgium,” said Danny Menken, group managing director of Eleven Sports. “Coming on the back of our acquisition of rights to Cage Warriors across multiple markets and UFC in Belgium, this announcement underlines our commitment to growing and promoting fight sports while also creating a go-to destination that a growing and loyal fanbase can call home.”