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Don’t be sucker-punched by $100 pay-per-view. Here’s where to watch Mayweather fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference Aug. 23 in Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during a news conference Aug. 23 in Las Vegas. AP

After months of anticipation, the Connor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight is here. Mayweather, a perfect 49-0 in boxing, will take on McGregor, 21-3 in mixed martial arts, on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card begins at 7 p.m.

If you want to stay in and watch the fight at home on your local cable provider, it will cost you $99.95 through Showtime Pay-Per-View. The fight also can be streamed on Showtime, UFC TV, Playstation Store and Sling.

If you want to spend a night on the town watching the fight with a few hundred of your closest friends, you have options as well.

Buffalo Wild Wings is not one of them. Many places have opted not to show the fight because of the high cost.

But Big Al’s decided it was worth the price, even if it meant ordering the fight throughout the entire restaurant.

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“At the end of the day, there was some debate,” manager Kelly O’Callaghan said. “(But) you can’t name yourself the premier sports bar and not show it ... and that was the consensus of the team. We felt we had an obligation to do so.”

Below are some of the places showing the fight in the Treasure Valley.

Big Al’s (1900 N. Eagle Road, Meridian)

Big Al’s will soft-close at 5:30 or 6 p.m. and collect a $30 cover charge beginning at 7 p.m. The three massive screens in the main bar will be dedicated to the fight, as will the 10 or so upstairs TVs. There will be surprise drink specials in honor of each fighter.

Busters Bar & Grill (1396 E. State St., Eagle)

All 11 televisions at Busters will be tuned to the fight. A $25 cover charge will let you watch the action and includes a beer and a $10 gift certificate that can be used any day after the fight. There are 130 spots available, and tickets are available now. Busters will have happy hour pricing through the event.

Charlie Brown’s Lounge (5783 Overland Road)

You can watch the fight at Charlie Brown’s for just $10. Space is limited, though, so head in, sign up and hand over a few bucks to ensure your spot.

Dave and Buster’s (546 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

It’s first come, first served with no cover charge. You should probably get there early.

Edwards 21 Cinemas (7701 W. Overland Road)

Seeing this fight at Edwards will cost you a pretty penny: $42.40. It will be shown on one of the theater’s mid-sized screens, meaning the view will be solid no matter where you end up sitting.

Silly Birch (507 W. Main St.)

Silly Birch has three ticketing options. For $25 at the door starting at 6 p.m., you can get a spot to watch the fight. For $20, you can get a presale ticket that gets you in the door at 6 p.m. and a free drink; there are only 100 spots, though. And $35 will get you the VIP experience, which includes a buffet and two free drinks and entrance into the bar at 4 p.m. Just 50 of these tickets are available.

Spearmint Rhino (1500 W. Grove St.)

It’s $15 at the door at the Spearmint Rhino. If you want to reserve a table for four, it will cost an additional $50. Booths are also available for $100-$200 on top of the cover charge.

Tailgate Sports Bar (815 W. Ann Morrison Park)

You can reserve a table of four or more for $30 a seat. Doors open at 6 p.m. If you’re riding solo without a reservation? That’s OK, too, and still will cost $30.

Tap and Cask (1555 S. Broadway Ave.)

You can watch the fight for a $20 cover charge or reserve a table of four for $100, with the benefit being you can choose seats closest to the televisions. Normal menu pricing will apply, although there will be opportunities for $1 shots. Regular happy hour pricing lasts until 6 p.m.

Twin Peaks (7751 W. Spectrum)

Twin Peaks will have a $20 cover charge starting around 6 p.m. In addition to the TVs inside, there will be a big screen set up in the parking lot where drink service will be available.

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz

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