Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s much hyped August 26th boxing match made $55,414,865.79 in ticket sales at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting confirmed with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Tuesday.
The figure is far below the record gate number produced by Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2015, which generated $72,198,500 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for the sale 16,219 tickets.
@arielhelwani Mayweather vs McGregor
Gross Gate $55,414,865.79
Number of sold tickets 13,094
Number of complimentary tickets 137
— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) September 6, 2017
Mayweather vs. McGregor sold 13,094 tickets with 137 complimentary tickets given out, the commission confirmed. T-Mobile Arena was configured to seat 17,698 spectators.
Promoters were bullish on Mayweather vs. McGregor breaking the gate record. UFC president Dana White said two days before the fight that the gate was at $70 million, yet it would fall about $15 million short of the record setting goal.
The other and some would say the most important metric, Pay Per View buys have not come in yet. In an interview with the MMA Hour, Showtime Exec Stephen Espinoza that the fight between the now 50-0 Mayweather and UFC’s top star in McGregor is close to breaking the Mayweather and Pacquiao record in PPV buys, which was 4.6 million.
“We are now sort of mid-4 million,”. “If we see the kind of growth that we typically see, then we’ll break the record. I don’t want to assume we get the typical growth, because this is not a typical event. There are many different ways in which this event behaved differently. But we have a very good shot at breaking the record.”
And while Mayweather and McGregor did not attain the highest gate in history, it is firmly entrenched in that second spot as Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez’s September 16th clash is sold out with an alleged gate of $30 million dollars.