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Midnight Mania! McGregor-Mayweather does 4.4 million PPV buys, falls just short of record

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor didn’t quite break the domestic pay-per-view (PPV) record set by Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao.

That’s from a new report from BoxingScene.com (via BloodyElbow.com):

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.

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.

Mayweather-Pacquiao did 4.6 million domestic PPV buys. Dana White, true to hyperbolic form, had initially said McGregor-Mayweather did break the record; Showtime execs pumped the brakes on that figure from the beginning with cautious optimism. McGregor-Mayweather also didn’t break the live gate record, at No. 2 with $55 million.

The payout for all parties involved is obviously still huge. McGregor is poised to make roughly $100 million, while Mayweather’s earnings are in the neighborhood of $300 million or so. That’s far more than their minimum salaries of $30 million and $100 million, respectively.

It is worth noting that McGregor-Mayweather still has a chance to beat the overall revenue figure set by May-Pac, due to much higher overseas numbers. Who knows how much higher it could have been without the technical problems and piracy?


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