Money Fight: London bars paying big bucks for right to show Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight on Saturday

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A day before a battle of words turns into punches, the Money Fight — as it’s been dubbed by promoters — has yet to live up to its billing.

Despite rampant promotion for the super fight Saturday between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, highlighted by a four-city multi-continental press conference tour in July, egregious ticket prices have reportedly led to seats at the Las Vegas tilt being sold at an underwhelming rate.

Londoners not so keen on forking up $100, the approximate pay-per-view cost of the fight, can pop into a number of downtown venues paying a hefty levy with the hope of filling seats.

“It’s not a cheap fight to watch,” said Mark McGonigle, the co-owner of Fitzrays Restaurant and Lounge.

He is paying about $1,550 to screen the fight, as well as taxes and other overhead costs, at his restaurant. The cost, about $12 per person based on facility capacity, he believes, is the standard to screen the event.

Fitzrays has a capacity of 140. Tickets cost $10 before Saturday and $17 at the door the day of the event.

Wink’s is paying a similar price for the super welterweight bout.

“It’s outrageous,” Dennis Winkler, the restaurant’s general manager said about the cost. Wink’s is charging $10 at the door to watch the fight. It has a capacity of 150.

The Fox and Fiddle is selling tickets through the online ticket distributor Eventbrite. The restaurant is offering tickets at different price points based on the size of the party. Tickets at the bar, which sits around 300, cost around $12 each on average.

The Jack Astor’s downtown location is showing the fight without a cover fee.

Management at each of the downtown restaurants said they are expecting to be filled to capacity for the one-off fight between the boxer and the MMA fighter.

The London Music Hall is charging $20 for individual tickets or $250 for a table of 10.

Other venues outside of downtown are showing the fight as well.

Cineplex Odeon takes the prize for the highest cost to watch the bout, charging $40 a head. Almost half of the 100 seats in its VIP theatre in Westmount have been sold. 

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