THERE’S no denying the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor circus is a serious crowd-pulling force.
Or is it more of a farce than a force?
Critics say yes, diehard fans couldn’t care less.
Such is the fever around the fight, many Perth pubs are opening early at 9am on the Sunday of the event.
It’s a cross-discipline showdown the scale of which hasn’t been seen since Muhammad Ali took on Japanese wrestler Antonio Inoki in a bizarre mixed-rules bout in 1976.
Ali nearly needed his leg amputated after a barrage of kicks to the shin that night.
But there’ll be no weird hybrid rules this time around; it’s straight-up boxing between Mayweather and McGregor.
Can the UFC’s biggest male drawcard pull off the unthinkable and hand the world’s most famous boxer the only defeat of his glistening career?
It’s the lure of a famous upset that has Perth venues banking on huge crowds for the telecast of the August 26 Las Vegas lashing.
“The Money Fight” is expected to begin in WA somewhere around the middle of the day on Sunday, August 27 given the 15-hour time difference.
Community News has asked around to find out who’s showing the fight so far:
Burswood – Crown Casino; free in sportsbar, $78 Grand Ballroom and $25 EVE nightclub events available.
Applecross -The Raffles Hotel; opening 10am, $6 Colonial pints, $12 pizzas.
Bayswater – The Bayswater Hotel
Belmont – Belmont Tavern; opening 10am.
Belmont – Belvideres Bar and Bistro; opening 9am, $10 entry with free drink.
Carlisle – The Carlisle
East Perth – The Royal; opening 10am; two Colonial Draught pints and a pizza $25.
East Victoria Park – Franklins Tavern; opening 9am.
Inglewood – Inglewood Hotel; table reservations available with a $50 deposit.
Leederville – The Oxford Hotel
Maylands – Peninsula Tavern
Morley – Coventry Seafood Bar & Grill
Mt Hawthorn – Paddington Ale House
Northbridge – Brass Monkey Hotel; opening 9am.
Northbridge – Patriots Sports Bar
Northbridge – The Game Sports Bar; opening 9am.
Northbridge – Universal Bar
North Perth – Hyde Park Hotel; opening 9am.
Perth – Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub
Victoria Park – Broken Hill Hotel
Victoria Park – Victoria Park Hotel
Ashby – The Ashby Bar and Bistro
Balcatta – Northlands Tavern; $10 entry with free drink.
Carine – The Carine Glades Tavern
Carramar – The Duke Bar and Bistro
Clarkson – Whale and Ale
Craigie – Craigie Tavern; opening 9am.
Greenwood – Greenwood Hotel
Hillarys – The Harbour Terrace Bar and Grill
Innaloo – Innaloo Sportsmen’s Club; opening 8.30am, free for members, $10 entry for non-members.
Innaloo – The Botanica Bar and Bistro; opening 9am.
Innaloo – Event Cinemas, tickets start at $28 and $45 for Gold Class.
Innaloo – The Saint George Hotel; showing on more than 14 screens.
Joondalup – Paddy Malone’s
Joondalup – The Bailey Bar and Bistro
Marmion – Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club; opening 10am, members only.
Merriwa – The Sixty30
Sorrento – The Harbour Terrace Bar & Grill at Sorrento Quay
Wanneroo – Wanneroo Tavern
Woodvale – The Woodvale Tavern and Reception Centre
Armadale – Haynes Bar and Grill
Attadale – Legends Bar and Bottle shop; opening 9am
Baldivis – Chase Bar and Bistro
Bentley – Bentley Hotel
Bicton – Leopold Hotel
Bull Creek – Bull Creek Tavern
Como – Mt Henry Tavern; opening 9am.
East Fremantle – The Left Bank
Falcon – Cobblers Tavern
Fremantle – Bar Orient Hotel
Fremantle – Moondyne Joe’s Bar and Bistro
Fremantle – Newport Hotel; opening 9am.
Fremantle – Sail and Anchor; opening 9am, VIP packages available.
Fremantle – The Federal Hotel; opening 9am.
Fremantle – The National Hotel; opening 8am.
Gosnells – Gosnells Hotel
Halls Head – Peel Ale House
Hilton – South Street Ale House
Mandurah – The Brighton
North Coogee – Ed’z Sports Bar
Ravenswood – Ravenswood Hotel
Rockingham –Leisure Inn
Rockingham – The Rocky; opening 9am.
Rockingham – The Sporting Globe
Shoalwater – George ‘n’ Dragon Tavern
Southern River – Brooklands Tavern
South Fremantle – South Beach Hotel; opening 9am.
Success – The Gate Bar and Bistro
Thornlie – Lakers Tavern
Waterford – Varsity Bar; opening 8am.
Willetton – The Burrendah Tavern; opening 10am.
Bassendean – The Bassendean Hotel; opening 9am, $5 entry.
Ellenbrook – The Brook Bar and Bistro
Forrestfield – The Hale Road Tavern; opening 10am.
Gidgegannup – Noble Falls Tavern
High Wycombe – Boab Tavern
High Wycombe – High Wycombe Tavern; VIP package available.
Kalamunda – Kalamunda Hotel
Midland – 7th Avenue Bar and Restaurant; $20 VIP packages available.
Northam – Duke’s Inn
Nedlands – Captain Stirling Hotel; opening 9am; $350 paintball giveaway; live music from 2pm; $8 Carlton Draught pints.
Nedlands – Varsity Bar; opening 8am.
Subiaco – Paddy Maguires
Subiaco – The Vic; opening 9am, VIP packages available.
Wembley –Herdsman Lake Tavern