While you probably knew why Floyd Mayweather was nicknamed “Money,” the undefeated pugilist has a history of justifying that moniker. Look no further than his Aug. 26 boxing match against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight kingpin Conor McGregor.
Their recent pay-per-view (PPV) spectacle, held inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, raked in $55,414,865.79 when all was said and done, thanks to 13,094 tickets sold with just 137 given away for free.
I guess that Costco strategy paid off.
#MayweatherVsMcGregor— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) September 6, 2017
Gross Gate $55,414,865.79
Number of sold tickets 13,094
Number of complimentary tickets 137
That’s an impressive haul and good enough for the No. 2 spot on the all-time list. “Notorious” and Co. fell short of the staggering $72 million gate set by Mayweather’s 2015 showdown against Manny Pacquiao, but I don’t think anyone will leave “Sin City” disappointed.
Especially after they tally up all those PPV buys.
Mayweather stopped McGregor by way of tenth-round technical knockout (watch it) and retired from the “Sweet Science” with a perfect record of 50-0. His Irish foe is expected to return to the Octagon later this year.