You're far from alone. Numerous reports have revealed that servers across the US crashed or buckled under demand for the fight, creating outages serious enough that organizers delayed the fight to make sure people could tune in. Mayweather himself said that pay-per-view servers in California and Florida crashed, while Showtime and UFC failed to load, ran into login trouble and otherwise couldn't keep up with interest. The pay-per-view issues at a minimum are known to have affected TV providers like Comcast, Atlantic Broadband and Frontier, although it's not clear how large the scope of the failures was at this stage. Problems like this aren't completely unprecedented -- Mayweather's fight against Manny Pacquiao created hiccups of its own.
According to data collected by cybersecurity firm Irdeto, a total of illegal streams were found to have redistributed the boxing match this past weekend, reaching nearly three million viewers.
Advertisement Advertisement Of the illegal streams, 67 were on traditional pirate streaming websites, were found on social media platforms including Facebook and Youtube, said Irdeto in a news release on Monday Aug Six were initiated via illicit streaming plugins for the popular media player platform Kodi.
Many fans had gone online in the search for illegal live streams "With both boxing and UFC fans eager to see this matchup, pirates capitalised on consumer demand to provide multiple illegal viewing options for this premier live sports event and reap the profit for themselves," Irdeto said.
The fight has been described by The Independent as the most pirated event in history and it has already triggered legal action by the rights owner Showtime Networks.
Even before the fight started in August, Showtime filed a suit to stop more than 40 websites from airing unauthorised streams of the bout.