The Pay-Per-View Numbers For Mayweather vs. McGregor Have Been Revealed
After weeks and weeks of waiting, combat sports fans around the world are able to find out just how many pay-per-view were purchased for the much-anticipated boxing super fight between boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. Touted as being “the fight of the century”, the bout was estimated to break a number of records, including the largest live gate record.
Unfortunately for the two combat sports stars, the bout failed to break the $70 million record set by Mayweather’s intense bout with Manny Pacquiao, instead pulling in $55,414.79 from event tickets sold.
It seems now that this trend has continued for the pair, with the super fight also failing to break the pay-per-view record.
According to BoxingScene.com, the fight fell just short of the mark.
“BoxingScene.com has learned that Mayweather-McGregor is expected to have generated approximately 4.4 million domestic pay-per-view buys and that an official announcement could be made as soon as this week.,” read a statement regarding the bout.
“That would mean that the highly publicized spectacle between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC superstar Conor McGregor, while wildly successful financially, didn’t break the pay-per-view record for combat sports. Mayweather’s maligned win against Manny Pacquiao still owns that distinction.
“Roughly 4.6 million consumers purchased Mayweather-Pacquiao in May 2015. Based on the mainstream traction Mayweather-McGregor gained during their infamous four-city, three-country promotional tour in July, some involved in the event, most notably UFC president Dana White, thought Mayweather-McGregor would surpass 5 million buys.”
So, 4.4 million pay-per-view purchases, just 200,000 purchases short of tying the record. UFC president Dana White initially believed that the fight would manage to take home over 4.9 million buys, easily stomping on the record set by Mayweather’s bout with Pacquiao.
Unfortunately, it was not meant to be, though the two combat sports stars can take solace in the fact that they broke the pay-per-view record for the UK, bringing in over one million purchases, destroying the record that had previously set by heavyweight boxing king Anthony Joshua’s epic battle against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.
Did you believe the bout between McGregor and Mayweather would end up breaking the pay-per-view and live gate records? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!