Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match, which Mayweather won via 10th-round stoppage, was quite possibly the most over-hyped combat sports entertainment ever put on.
Conor McGregor can now boast about another record to his already ridiculous list. He already shattered his pay scale with his historical boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather.
The SHOWTIME pay-per-view ended up doing 4.3 million in PPV buys, just 3ooK short of breaking the record that still holds solid for Mayweather’s fight with former eight-division champ Manny Pacquiao.
SHOWTIME via an official press release.
SHOWTIME Sports confirmed today that the SHOWTIME PPV presentation of Mayweather vs. McGregor on August 26, 2017 generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. This includes traditional television distribution and online portals such as the new SHOWTIME PPV app and SHOWTIMEPPV.com as well as UFC.TV in U.S. and Canada.
Mayweather vs. McGregor, a four-fight SHOWTIME PPV boxing event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, officially stands as the second largest pay-per-view event of all time behind Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, which set the North American pay-per-view mark at 4.6 million buys in 2015. The SHOWTIME PPV totals for Mayweather vs. McGregor far exceed the now third best event in history—nearly doubling the 2.48 million buys for Oscar De La Hoya vs. Mayweather in 2007.
The total global revenue from the event including ticket sales, sponsorship, and international distribution exceeds $600 million, which—along with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao— is among the largest for a single-day sporting event of all time. Mayweather and SHOWTIME PPV now account for the three highest-grossing pay-per-view events in television history with the third-ranked event Mayweather vs. Canelo from 2013.
The total buy number consists of both cable and streamed purchases only in the U.S. and Canada, along with orders through Showtime’s app and UFC.tv. With worldwide figures obviously not being counted for these purposes.
With those gigantic figures, why pugilist Pacquiao is claiming he is currently in negotiations with McGregor for yet another big boxing match. If this comes to materialize, it will be hard for UFC to entice Mcgregor to fight with interim champ Tony Ferguson, Tyron Woodley or Georges St Pierre.
Conor Mcgregor was a huge moneymaker for everyone involved.