Mayweather-McGregor Gate Fails to Surpass Mayweather-Pacquiao
By Kelly Owen
Published: September 06, 2017
In the aftermath of the Mayweather-McGregor fight, Floyd Mayweather stated that ticket sales had generated revenue of around $80 million. The official number for what was marketed as the biggest fight of all time turned out to be $55,414,865.79 as confirmed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to multiple media outlets on Wednesday.
The total fell short of expectations and even assurances by Mayweather who had declared in the post fight press conference, “We did break the record tonight for the biggest gate. Me and Pacquiao done $72 million, I think we did somewhere over $80 million for the live gate.” Even Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe, when responding to criticism that ticket sales were sluggish replied, “I’m actually tired of hearing that question because right now we have over $60 million in the box office.”
The official attendance at the T-Mobile arena was 13,231 with 13,094 of those seats filled via ticket purchase and 137 being given out as complimentary tickets. According to ESPN, the T-Mobile Arena has the capacity to hold 20,500 attendees, and it could certainly be concluded that event did not sell out due to the exorbitant ticket prices with the prices ranging from $500 to $10,000 for ringside.
While ticket totals may not have lived up to the padded estimates given by Mayweather and Ellerbe, it must be said that fight promoters are expected to stretch the truth about ticket totals. However, $80 million is a considerable inflation by Mayweather when considering the fight was not even a sellout. Although falling short of the hype, the Mayweather McGregor spectacle came in second place as one of the highest-grossing gates in Nevada boxing history behind Mayweather vs. Pacquiao with tickets selling out within a minute of going on sale. The bout was held at the smaller MGM Grand Arena but was at a full paid 16,219 ticket capacity, totaling around $72 million.
At the end of the day, ticket sales are a grain of sand on a long beach for the overall payday of Mayweather McGregor with the real meat being made up of PPV buys. The show is expected to exceed the 4.6 million buys set by the Mayweather/Pacquiao bout, but it will be interesting to see whether accusations and cries of piracy follow any totals that are lackluster instead of an examination into accessible pricing.
(Featured Photo: Esther Lin/Showtime)