UFC President reveals actual Mayweather vs. McGregor PPV numbers

Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor

People are still talking about this fight.

Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, also known as "The Money Fight" took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, on August 26, 2017 at the light-middleweight weight class. It was scheduled for twelve rounds.

As seen in the fight, Mayweather extended his professional boxing undefeated streak to (50–0) by defeating McGregor by technical knockout (TKO) in the 10th round.

Mayweather's guaranteed disclosed paycheck was $100,000,000 while McGregor's guaranteed disclosed paycheck was $30,000,000. The purse for the two fighters was expected to be substantially higher for each.

The live gate for the event was $55,414,865.79 from 13,094 tickets sold and 137 complimentary tickets given out. 

UFC President Dana White recently appeared on The Wall Street Journal’s “The Unnamed Podvideocast.” (transcript courtesy of MMA Junkie). During the interview, he revealed the event drew 6.7 million pay-per-view buys around the world which means that it smashed the record set by Mayweather’s bout in 2015 against Manny Pacquiao.

With this new information, it puts the event the overall TV revenue generated for the fight somewhere between $602,665,000. If you recall, two months ago, White indicated the fight had done 6.5 million PPV buys.

However, that was one week after the event because there was still money to be counted, apparently.

“We broke the record in Australia,” White said. “We broke the record in the U.K. at 4 in the morning, broke the record in Spain, Canada and the United States.”

The event aired on Showtime Networks and Stephen Espinoza, who is the network’s executive vice president and general manager, said the fight drew around 4.5 million buys, with a 10-15 percent bump possible for the final numbers.

The UFC President also noted the UFC policies PPV piracy. It should be noted that he didn’t specify whether “The Money Fight” would spur a new wave of lawsuits directed at those who illegally viewed the event.

“(It was the) most pirated fight of all time,” White said with a laugh. “(On) social media, it was the most talked about (event). It was the highest bet fight ever in the history of Las Vegas. Highest bet sporting event. Bigger than the Super Bowl.”

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