Sky Sports are reportedly in a strong position to secure the broadcasting rights for the mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao on May 2.
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The bidding war has been in motion ever since the fight was announced on February 21, with Sky Sports considered the favourites to screen the bout which is expected to create over $400m in revenue.
Sky Sports presenters Adam Smith and Johnny Nelson were present on the red carpet for the press conference in Los Angeles On Wednesday and were reportedly given access to Mayweather’s gym during their trip as they secured interviews with all the prominent people in the fight.
According to the Daily Mail, they have put themselves in a strong position to show the fight in the UK and it is expected that the winning party will need to put at least £12m into the bid to secure the broadcasting rights to the biggest fight in the history of the sport.
That will mean a higher than usual pay-per-view fee which could top £20, but given that the price is even higher in the USA, fight fans in the UK will undoubtedly just be pleased to have a secure way to watch the fight uninterrupted.
However, it is also reported that BoxNation might not be ready to concede defeat just yet as the Mail reports that Frank Warren has been in discussions with Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank to secure the deal as he has shown their fights on his channel for some time now.
It remains to be seen who claims victory in the race to show the bout, but for now it looks as though Sky Sports will be the front-runners.