"The Fight of the Century". That's what the May 2nd, 2015 main event bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio is being called. And what's on everyone's minds at this point: how, when, and where can I watch this historic event? Included below is the full card of Saturday's event (both televised and not), with the start times, and most importantly when and how best to watch.When Is The Fight?
The broadcast, airing on PPV through an HBO and Showtime partnership, will begin at 9 p.m. EST on Saturday night, May 2nd, 2015.
The main event will begin approximately 2 hours later. Pacquaio and Mayweather are expected to enter the ring at 11 p.m. EST. Soon after that, the fight of the century will begin!How To Watch:Option #1 - PPV from home. Cost: $0 - $100
PPV, or pay-per-view, is going to be the best viewing option for most people wanting to watch the event from home. But be aware, the cost for viewing one of the most anticipated fights in history will not come cheap. The PPV cost for standard definition will be $90. HD will be $99.95. The event can be ordered by either calling your local TV provider, ordering online through Showtime
, or by simply going to the PPV portion on your TV Guide and using your remote.
Where does the $0 come into effect? Well, if you are already interested or thinking about switching to DISH network, they are running a special right now
where new customers that switch to their service get access to the fight, free of charge. The catch: you must sign a 2-year contract, and you have to order by May 1st. And you cannot just sign up and then cancel after the fight. So be aware of that. It is a great option though, if you have already been considering making the switch.Option #2 - PPV at a bar or viewing party. Cost: ~ $15 - $40 a person
Many will mitigate the $100 cost by inviting several friends over to watch, and to also chip in for the cost. This is a great idea, so everyone can watch the fight with family and friends, at a more reasonable rate. However, not everyone has that option. Or maybe you wanna go out to a bar or viewing party instead? That's another popular option. But the same strategy applies.
Bars will also be paying for the privilege of airing the event, and bars have to pay a much higher commercial rate
for the fight than residents do. So expect to pay a cover charge somewhere in the neighborhood of $15-$40 a head. I recommend calling ahead to many places to see what the costs will be, and to also show up quite early. Most every sport's bar will be packed well in advance of the actual start time.Here is the Full Card:Untelevised Bouts
10-round middleweight, 154 lbs: Chris "Sweet" Pearson (11-0, 9 KOs) vs. Said El Harrak (12-2, 7 KOs)
10-round Super Middlewieght title, 168 lbs.: Jesse Hart (16-0, 13 KOs) vs. Mike Jimenez (17-0, 11 KOs)
8-round cruiserweight, 200 lbs.: Andrew "The Beast" Tabiti (9-0, 9 KOs) vs. Anthony Caputo Smith (15-4, 10 KOs)
10-round super-middleweight, 154 lbs.: Brad Solomon (24-0, 9 KOs) vs. Adrian Rene Granados (13-3, 9 KOs)Televised PPV Under Cards
PPV Start Time: 9 p.m. EST
126 lbs.: WBC Super Bantamweight World Champion Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz (29-0-1, 17 KOs) vs. Jose Cayetano (17-3, 8 KOs)
126 lbs.: WBO Featherweight Champion Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) vs. Gamalier Rodriguez (25-2-3, 17 KOs)Main Event, dubbed "The Fight of the Century"
PPV Start Time: Approx. 11 p.m EST.
147 lbs.: WBC and WBA Super Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather
vs. WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacquiao