This Saturday, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Connor McGregor will meet in Las Vegas to square off in the most lucrative boxing match in the history of the world. Dubbed the Money Fight, each of the fighters are expected to earn more than $100 million from the event. Mayweather, a 40-year-old who has never lost a professional match, returns to the ring for the first time since announcing his retirement (for the second time) in 2015. McGregor, 29, has never boxed professionally but rather earned a name for himself as a braggadocios mixed martial arts fighter and UFC lightweight champion.
The fight is billed as an unprecedented crossover between boxing and mixed martial arts, and critics across the board have written McGregor off as having little to no chance. Regardless, people across the world are ever so eager to watch each of these men be repeatedly punched in the face. Mayweather has a well-documented record of domestic abuse and is arguably one of the biggest scumbags to ever come out of the American sports world. McGregor, on the other hand, is a blowhard who has a history of promoting fights with over-the-top trash talk and machismo.
Saturday's fight is a unique opportunity to see both of these men be legally injured. The fight is scheduled for 9pm on Saturday, but after a whole lot of ballyhoo, the thing will realistically kick off closer to 10pm. Viewers have the option to watch the fight on pay-per-view, with prices starting at $89.95. But if you're in New York and aren't interested in coughing up that kind of dough, we've got your back. From sports bars to viewing parties, here's where to watch.
This East Village bar has 44 goddamn TV screens, which will all be lit up with the shiny, sweaty bodies of our two shirtless gladiators come Saturday night. Like every other spot on this list, you're going to want to show up early—entry is free before 9pm and $20 afterward.
Watching the world's bro-y-est sport in one of the world's bro-y-est neighborhoods (FiDi) might sound like a nightmare, but a visit to Clinton Hall is always a delightful time. Entry will be free to watch the fight, and the bar will have a host of games, giveaways, and food and drink specials. Seating is not guaranteed, but you can contact the bar if you want to reserve a table in advance.
Paddy’s of Park Slope
For millennia, grown men have been injuring one another for the sake of entertainment while onlookers get incredibly drunk. Those who attend this fight night party in Brooklyn will uphold that sacred pastime. Tickets to watch the match at Paddy's are going for $80 (cash only), which includes an open bar from 8pm to the end of the night. There are only 65 spots available, and those who are interested in attending can contact the bar to reserve their spot.
On most Saturday nights, Libation is your typical, obnoxious downtown club. But during the fight, its three floors will turn into a boxing enthusiast's playground. The bar is offering $1 cocktails named after the two fighters from 8–9pm and will have a DJ dishing out fresh beats between rounds. Tickets are $25 (buy one, get one free) online and $30 at the door.
At first glance, this midtown spot might seem like any other in the neighborhood that is hosting a fight night party. The bar is charging $35 for tickets and is offering a $65 option that includes an open bar. But here's the thing: Johnny Utah’s has a friggin’ mechanical bull that patrons can ride for free. If you're going to drunkenly scream at a couple of muscular, half-naked men while they smack each other on TV, you might as well do it from a bucking bronco.