The pay-per-view (PPV) numbers for the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor boxing match, which took place last month inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, may have fallen short of the all-time record because of this.
Or, perhaps combat sports fans couldn’t afford to pay for the actual fight after plunking down a sizable portion on their hard-earned cash to bet on the much-ballyhooed “Money Fight,” one that pit the biggest name in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) against one of the greatest pugilists of all time.
Enough to break the “Silver State’s” boxing record.
“We estimated — from the books we talked to, and that was about 90 percent of the books — there was in excess of $62 million wagered on that fight,” said Michael Lawton, senior research analyst for the Nevada Gaming Control Board (via VSiN).
The previous record was $50 million for Mayweather’s 2015 win over Manny Pacquiao.
Mayweather stopped the power-punching Irishman by way of tenth-round technical knockout (highlights) and will retire with a perfect record of 50-0. McGregor, meanwhile, is expected to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) later this year.