Floyd Mayweather verses Conor McGregor was promoted as the biggest fight of all time, but will go down as the second most watched PPV fight ever. It took almost four months for the info to be released, but we finally have the numbers.
Showtime reported 4.3 million PPV buys in North America. This includes crossover media, like UFC.tv and Showtimeppv.com. While these numbers are staggering, they come in just below the all time record of 4.6 million buys. That record is also held by Floyd Mayweather, when he fought Manny Pacquiao, in what many considered to be a boring fight.
The first ever boxing vs MMA champ did huge worldwide numbers, likely surpassing Floyd’s fight with Pacquiao. Globally, with international PPV buys and sponsorship, it probably did over $600 million. Some speculated that it would do over $1 billion, but perhaps Floyd’s underwhelming fight with Pacquiao discouraged some fans on the fence from laying out their cash to buy the fight.
In a fight that generated intense speculation and debate for years, it all went down back in August of 2017 and did not disappoint. Conor McGregor had been knocking out UFC rivals with ease and many thought he could also hang with Mayweather, maybe even knocking the smaller fighter out.
For the first few rounds Conor looked respectable, landing some stiff jabs on Floyd and one vicious uppercut that sent the Irish fans into a roaring frenzy. By the 9th round McGregor was out of gas and it was only a matter of time. In the 10th, Mayweather turned it up and TKOd Conor, marking his 50th victory.
Now there’s rumors that the UFC is offering a 4 fight MMA deal to Floyd, that some speculate could hit the $1 billion mark. Floyd didn’t go to college, but he is smart enough to stay out of the UFC cage, even if he could make $1 billion. He would surely get choked out in less than 1 minute. There’s also the possibility the two fighters square off again in a boxing ring. If they do, they should have no problem hitting 4 million or more PPV buys the second time around.