So just how much money will Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather end up making after their epic boxing match? The answer will probably be more than anyone anticipated. The ppv numbers by all accounts smashed Mayweather’s previous mega bout against Pacquiao. In a recent podcast, UFC president Dana White gave a hint that the PPV buys are going to come in around 6.5 million. Those numbers are crazy and beat the Floyd-Manny fight by about 2 million buys. To put that into context, the UFC is thrilled when a show does close to 1 million buys.
Some fight analysts were concerned that the PPV buys would not break the prior record because the arena did not sell out. Many stacked UFC events sellout in minutes, but the MayMac tickets cost so much and around 5,000 seats remained empty. Even some seats in the front rows were vacant. One daring fan slipped all the way down from the upper deck to the front row and grabbed an empty $25,000 seat. He casually sat alongside Mike Tyson and other VIPs.
By the look of the preliminary numbers that have come in, without a doubt, the Mayweather – McGregor bout will go down as the richest of all time. The live gate for the Mayweather vs. Pacquaio fight was $72 million. Mayweather stated in a post fight news conference, “We did break the record tonight for the biggest gate ever. I think we did somewhere over $80 million tonight.” Floyd had a huge smile after the event, probably not only because he kicked a#% but because he was set to pull in a mammoth $300 million for the bout. He went on to add in the post fight news conference, “tonight, we broke the Manny Pacquiao ppv number. All I am doing now is breaking my own records.”
UFC president Dana White went on to confirm those record PPV buys, talking to Urijah Faber and Snoop Dogg. White said, “this fight obliterated the Mayweather vs Pacquiao ppv numbers with about 6.5 million buys.” The UFC president went on to say he expects Conor McGregor to make over $100 million for the fight.
Now the question is whether there will ever be a rematch. With the fight ending with a controversial stoppage and another huge payday for both fighters a reality, never say never.