Wednesday 21 March 2018

Hollywood stars will be out in force for the 'Fight of the Century'

Conor McGregor. Picture: Sportsfile
Conor McGregor. Picture: Sportsfile
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

It's been dubbed the 'Fight of the Century' and Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor's upcoming clash certainly has star pulling power.

A-list celebrities including P Diddy, Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Jamie Foxx and LeBron James are all believed to be watching the fight live in Las Vegas.

Angelina Jolie, actor Denzel Washington, and rappers LL Cool J and Drake are also reported to be attending the showdown next weekend.

However, it emerged earlier this week that uptake of tickets among the general public was lower than expected.

Data from the ticket aggregator TicketIQ showed remaining tickets for the fight have dropped 35pc to €1,275.

After many months of negotiating, posturing and trash talking, interest in the fight remains high on Irish soil.

While pubs may be unable to open, a cinema in Dublin is set to feature the fight. Vue Cinema in Liffey Valley has confirmed it will show the fight live from Las Vegas on two of its big screens.

Cinemas all across America have already said they would screen the event on August 26.

It's available for Irish fans at the cinema at less than the cost of ordering from Sky Sports, which is charging customers €24.95 on pay-per-view.

Vue's tickets are €20 and the doors will open at 11.45pm.

Punters are in for a long night with the fight advertised to finish at 7.10am the following morning. Mayweather Promotions has reserved the 20,000 capacity T-Mobile Arena for the super fight.

Mayweather's promotional company had also booked out the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for July 29, but that date was ultimately unused.

A spokesperson for broadcaster Sky's Irish arm said demand has been "received phenomenally well" in the build-up to the fight.

Sky said it was expecting it to be the most successful McGregor fight yet and demand was set to continue right up until the bout.

Mayweather retired in 2015 with an unblemished 49-0 professional boxing record. McGregor is the UFC's reigning lightweight champion and former featherweight champion.

Irish Independent

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