Pay-TV broadcaster SuperSport has secured the rights in sub-Saharan Africa to next month’s boxing bout between undefeated former multi-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Conor McGregor.
The light-middleweight clash, which is scheduled for 26th August at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, will be shown live on the South African network’s SuperSport 2 and Maximo 1 channels.
The entire event will be available at no additional cost to SuperSport’s premium subscribers, and will also be accessible online and through the broadcaster’s mobile app. The news will come as a relief to African boxing fans, given that pay-per-view access to the sought-after fight has already been priced as high as US$99.95 for high definition in the US, US$77 in Denmark and US$69 in Finland.
“This has been at the top of our list ever since the fight was announced,” said Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport. “People continue to talk of the great fights we brought to viewers in the 1980s and beyond. But this is more than a fight, it’s a mega-event with layers of controversy, excitement and intrigue.”