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Upset over big price tag on Mayweather-Pacquiao fight? Prepare to go to Mexico

Jose Arroyo installs an advertisement for a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. The fight is scheduled to take place May 2 at the hotel and casino. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Jose Arroyo installs an advertisement for a fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. The fight is scheduled to take place May 2 at the hotel and casino. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Don’t want to shell out the $90 to $100 that it will cost you to see the blockbuster Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight?

If you live along the border, you might consider spending an evening in Mexico.

TMZ is reporting that two television networks in that country, TV Azteca and Televisa, have paid up for the right to broadcast free of charge the welterweight title fight, which is being held at the Las Vegas MGM-Grand on May 2.

In the U.S., the suggested retail price for the fight is $89.95 plus tax, although many cable and digital providers are adding a surcharge for getting it in high-definition.

A World Boxing Council official told TMZ, "Televisa and Azteca must be recognized for their great commitment for bringing to Mexico this bout for free. This has never, ever happened in any country of the world." 

Even just enjoying Mexican beer could help keep down the cost.

Tecate paid a brawny $5.6 million to be the official beer of the fight, and the brewer is going all-in, also offering 675,000 rebates of up to $50 to customers who purchase the pay-per-view, as well as 18-packs of its products.

"We know consumers react well to the mail-in rebates," Tecate brand director Gustavo Guerra told ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael on Friday. "And now here's a fight where the pay-per-view is going to be $100. It is expensive, and this will be very attractive for consumers."

Two months ago, Tecate launched a major boxing campaign called “Somos Box” (“We Are Boxing”) that featured Sylvester Stallone and a number of famous Mexican fighters.

"[Mayweather-Pacquiao] is like the Super Bowl of boxing, a gigantic sporting event,” Guerra said. “It's good for us. It's about credibility. We cannot have the luxury of being out of this fight. This is very important for us."

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