Canal Plus 'wins fight for Mayweather-McGregor rights'
Pay-television operator Canal Plus is reported to have landed the broadcasting rights in France to the high-profile boxing fight between multiple world champion Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor.
The network has emerged victorious in a battle that was also expected to involve rivals SFR Sport, BeIN Sports and sports pay-per-view channels, according to TV magazine Télé Loisirs.
The fight takes place in Las Vegas, USA on the night of 26 and 27 August, starting at 3am CET.
Canal Plus has been largely absent from the boxing ring in recent years, but recently resumed showing the sport again and signed a four-year deal to televise the professional fights of Tony Yoka, the winner of a gold medal for France in the super heavyweight division at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, UFC champion McGregor, who hails from Ireland, has signed a sponsorship deal with online bookmaker and gaming company Betsafe.
The partnership runs for the next 18 months in European Union territories in which Betsafe is active, and will feature various activations, including exclusive and bespoke betting offers for fans.