Eddie Hearn has revealed that American boxer Floyd Mayweather wants his cross-sport fight with Irish UFC pro Conor McGregor to cost £100 on UK pay-per-view.
Mayweather’s request becomes even more surprising, given that Sky Sports want to offer the much-anticipated bout at just £19.95!
So, what is Mayweather thinking?
It’s clear the American and Sky are miles apart in their valuations of how much the fight should cost viewers, and even promoter Eddie Hearn has his reservations.
Hearn told GQ: “Mayweather wants the price to be £100”.
Hearn later went on to say that he does not expect the fight to cost considerably more than the average cost for a PPV, which sits at around £15.
“The price will be within the same realms as it always has. I don’t set the price, but my gut feeling is £19.95.
“If it went to £24.95… I can’t see it, it wouldn’t be my decision. Sky won’t want to go beyond £19.95. That is their price point.”
With just four weeks until the super fight kicks off in Las Vegas, it’s yet to be announced what channel the fight will be shown on, let alone price. Fans are surely getting increasingly anxious at Mayweather’s demands.
Whilst America presents a completely different market, it appears the US could be set to be hit with this mega price too.
According to the Los Angeles Times reporter Lance Pugmire, the pay-per-view mega fight will set you back $89.99 in standard definition, and a further $10 if you make the jump to high definition.
Astonishingly, this HD price would match the record for a pay-per-view combat sports match, which was set in 2015 when Floyd Mayweather Jr faced off against Manny Pacquiao.
Evidently, there’s still a great deal of uncertainty looming around the fight, yet one thing is for such, we are set for a captivating encounter in the free spirit of a city that is Las Vegas.
Whilst us fans will be praying the American doesn’t get his way, let’s not forget the enormity of this occasion by getting caught up in a monetary, corporal dispute.