BOSTON (CBS) – It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon on Boylston Street and it seems like everyone is out and about…and if you want to stop and whet your whistle at a Boston bar, chances are you’ll be watching a sporting event.

Case in point: McGreevey’s Irish Pub just up the street. Boston Red Sox versus New York Yankees at Fenway Park, the Kentucky Derby and Saturday night features the so-called “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

Boston bars had to decide whether to pay hefty right’s fees to show the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match.

At home, it’s $100 to watch the pay-per-view fight in high definition, but at McGreevey’s you can watch it for $25.

The bar decided to pay about $8,000 in right’s fees.

But it’s a different story across town at The Fours on Canal Street.

They opted not to show the fight because they have a larger capacity and would have had to pay about $12,000 which would have meant a heft cover charge of $30-to-$40.

Jim Smith


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