Exec: Mayweather-McGregor Near PPV Record
It looks like the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will have the numbers to go with its hype.
Showtime Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager Stephen Espinoza confirmed that the amount of pay-per-view buys for the bout is near the record currently held by Mayweather’s bout with Manny Pacquiao in 2015. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight had 4.6 million buys in North America, and Espinoza states that the buys for Mayweather-McGregor are in the “mid-to-high” four million range.
Earlier in the week, UFC President Dana White claimed 6.5 million buys for the pay-per-view event, though he may have been referring to worldwide numbers.
Even if Mayweather-McGregor does not break the Mayweather-Pacquiao record, it is clear that all sides seem to be happy with how well the event was in terms of the buys.
Unfortunately for the UFC and Showtime, both have had to issue refunds to many customers who had difficulty with viewing the event after purchasing to watch it online. Showtime is even being sued for the technical difficulties. However, it is looking like the refunds will not affect the pay-per-view numbers too much.
The final pay-per-view figures is expected in the coming days.
Original story: MMA Weekly