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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao offers piracy websites lucrative night

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao could be a great time for Internet piracy websites.

Published Sat, May 2 2015 2:36 AM CDT   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:16 PM CDT

Saturday night will feature one of the most anticipated boxing matches in recent history - and that will bring with it a likelihood of major Internet piracy. HBO and Showtime already prevented two piracy websites from showing the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, but there will be plenty of other illegal options for viewers.

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"This could be one of the biggest live-streamed events, at least from the piracy side," said Ernesto Van der Sar, founder of TorrentFreak, in a statement to NBC News. "I think it will be bigger than the Super Bowl and the World Cup."

The standard definition pay-per-view will be $89.99, while the high-definition PPV will cost a whopping $99.99. Restaurants and bars have to invest thousands for the right to broadcast the fight, so a smaller number of establishments plan to air the fight, or pricing rather outrageous cover charges.

UFC PPVs and WWE events are available online, in addition to free sports streams, but Mayweather vs. Pacquiao could prove to be especially great for pirates. So, how are you planning to watch the fight?

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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