Now that the dust has settled and the accountants have stepped in, the numbers for Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s fight last month.
And while many including Dana White were expecting a number that would exceed five million buys for the August 26th fight where Mayweather attained his record breaking 50th victory, it ended up doing less than Floyd Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
Pacquiao and Mayweather’s battle also in Las Vegas netted 4.6 million buys for their long-awaited fight to get Mayweather to 48-0, and according to Boxing Scene, McGregor’s battle with “Money” Mayweather only yielded 4.4 million buys when all was said and done.
The live gate, was also predicted to be a record-breaker, made $56 million at the gate, $16 million less than the aforementioned 2015 fight.
Despite not reaching expectations, Mayweather and McGregor are both likely to clear nine figures for the showdown, to add to their guaranteed purses of $100m and $30m respectively.
Mayweather’s total could exceed $300m, whilst McGregor may go as a high as half that before White and the UFC take their cut of the profits.
And while rumors circulate about McGregor returning for a December or 2018 rematch with Nate Diaz, the UFC champ is currently enjoying a much earned holiday.