Update: Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao in a unanimous decision Saturday night in Last Vegas, Nevada.How to watch the Mayweather vs Pacquiao replay?
Manila, Philippines – While millions of Filipinos are happy to learned that the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao boxing fight can be viewed for free in the Philippines through three giant networks, ABS-CBN, GMA and TV5, not many have noticed that the simultaneous telecast will be slightly delayed.
“Slightly delayed” could mean a hundred minutes in the Philippines. For the Filipinos who anticipate this fight, the Mayweather-Pacquiao telecast by these networks is expected to be filled with commercials. Probably, there will be 5-15 minutes interval on every rounds, and it would be an excruciating pain for the viewers.
ESPN reported that Solar Sports had earned the rights of the telecast amounting to $10 million or around 430 million pesos, which is a lot of money. There’s no other way that these networks will bring the money back they paid for the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, but to extend the regular time between rounds through commercials.
Again, Filipinos will be fed with advertisements from all networks in the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on May 3. Though Pacquiao desired these three networks to be united in showing his fight, it is possible that the viewers would be able to know the winner before the telecast starts.
How to Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao in the Philippines live free and not free
In a country where most of the households do not have cable or satellite television to acquire pay-per-view for the fight, there are plenty of ways to watch the Mayweather vs Pacquiao live.
1. SM Supermalls movie theatres – SM Supermalls will be providing the Mayweather vs Pacquiao live to all its theatres around the country. GMA reports,that the cinemas will charge more than P600 or more. SM Cinemas and WalterMart Cinemas will open all their 300 screens nationwide to the fight.
2. Resorts – Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight can be seen in some of the resorts nearest you. Their advertisments will come out the coming days. Of course, these resorts will not give it for free viewing.
3. Restaurants – I remember the Pacquiao vs Algieri fight, Shakey’s Urdaneta City was offering the fight live with a certain amount in which the food was included. Not bad to watch the Pacquiao vs Mayweather in a restaurant.
4. Town Gymnasiums – A year from now, local politicians will be campaigning to be re-elected. One of the many ways to capture the hearts of the voters will be to show the Pacquiao-Mayweather on a big screen on the biggest venue possible in their city or town. Lucky if your gymnasium is airconditioned, you have to endure the heat of the summer if it’s not.
5. Pay-Per-View – In big cities, this is not a problem at all. Cignal and Solar will carry the telecast. According to COO of Cignal Oscar Reyes, the floor price was set to P2,000, the earlier you get it the better”. One of the best options at the comfort of your home would be through PPV.
6. Live stream online – Mayweather vs Pacquiao may be available live stream online through Showtime and HBO. However, this could be costly because you will pay the US broadcast at around $100 USD. The good thing is that PLDT or Smart will bring the fight online at P500.00.
7. Live Radio – DZBB will cover the Mayweather vs Pacquiao live from Las Vegas. If you can’t avail the any of the six mentioned above, listen to your radio before somebody calls or texts you who won.
8. Sports Bars – Sports bars in Metro Manila offer the Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight. Bars would be a great place to beat the heat in the Philippines.
Pacquiao vs Mayweather is on Saturday May 2, 2015 in the United States, May 3 Sunday in the Philippines. To the church goers, the free telecast, may not be the best option, but is to be considered.
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How to watch the Mayweather vs Pacquiao video replay?
The Mayweather vs Pacquiao video replay is on HBO and Showtime next Saturday. For replays on the following days, they have the following scheduled: HBO – May 10 (10:30 a.m.) and May 11 (11:45 p.m.), HBO2 – May 10 (3:00 p.m.) and May 12 (11:30 p.m.).