Mayweather-McGregor sells 4.3 million in PPV buys
Published: December 16, 2017
Earlier this week cable television network Showtime announced that the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor PPV (pay-per-view) sold an extraordinary 4.3 million buys. The match took place this past August in Las Vegas and faced an unprecedented amount of criticism for being a mismatch and a circus show. All the criticism in the world had no impact on the fights finances with Mayweather-McGregor now being the second-highest selling PPV in history. The bout pit a returning 40-year old Mayweather who had been out of the ring for two-years and McGregor making his professional boxing debut.
Mayweather-McGregor only fell short of Mayweather’s May 2015 matchup against Manny Pacquiao that sold 4.6 million in PPV buys. Mayweather-Pacquiao also beat Mayweather-McGregor at the box office selling 72.1 million in ticket sales to Mayweather-McGregor’s 55.4 million. Since Mayweather-McGregor took place, there have been numerous interviews with Mayweather stating that he carried McGregor for the bouts ten-round duration. If true, the undefeated and now once again retired Mayweather coming to the ring in a ski-mask against McGregor told more of a story than any of the foul-mouthed press conferences that preceded the bout.
The announcement of the PPV numbers for Mayweather-McGregor has solidified Mayweather as the undisputed king of PPV. Mayweather has now been apart of four of the top five highest grossing PPV’s of all time. The other PPV’s for Mayweather that make the list are his bouts with Oscar De La Hoya and Canelo Alvarez that sold 2.2 and 2.4 million respectively.
Floyd Mayweather and the Top Five Boxing PPVs of All Time
1. Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao – 4.6 million - May 2015
2. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor – 4.3 million - August 2017
3. Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya – 2.4 million - May 2007
4. Floyd Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez – 2.2 million - September 2013
5. Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield 2 – 1.99 million - June 1997
(Feature Photo: Golden Boy Promotions)