Gate earnings: Mayweather-McGregor falls short of Mayweather-Pacquiao
September 6, 2017
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Gate earnings: Mayweather-McGregor falls short of Mayweather-Pacquiao

By Danny Z | Contributing Writer


LAS VEGAS — In May of 2015, the battle between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao produced a live gate of $72,198,500. This past August, the event between Mayweather and the UFC’s Conor McGregor had a chance to beat this record, but ended up falling short of cementing itself as the all-time combat sports’ gate.

Just over 13,000 tickets were sold for Mayweather-McGregor, with an additional 137 complimentary tickets given out. The cross-combat sports’ event generated a paid [gate] figure of $55,414,865.79, per numbers released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission this week. Mayweather-Pacquiao, which occurred across the street at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, had a paid attendance of 16,219. The T-Mobile Arena, where Mayweather-McGregor happened, holds roughly 4,000 more seats than the Grand Garden Arena.

The narrative before the event was that Mayweather-McGregor had a good chance of breaking the 2015 records of Mayweather-Pacquiao, in every aspect. Both Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe and UFC President Dana White each echoed the notion that the PPV record could be beaten and felt it would be based on the drawing power between both athletes.

“I think this is a bigger fight globally,” White said during the press tour leading up to the event. “I think that, if you look at how massive Conor is in Europe and Australia, Brazil, and different parts of the world — Canada — I think globally this is a much bigger fight. Vegas had 4.9 million [PPV buys] as the over-under. We’re pretty confident that this is the biggest fight ever.”

Official PPV numbers have not been released, however, that didn’t stop White from saying the event did $6.5 million buys, according to a video from the UFC’s Urijah Faber. If this is accurate, then this number surely beat Mayweather-Pacquiao (4.6 million buys, domestically) by close to two million. Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza told The MMA Hour that the event is now tallied at over 4 million buys. The PPV buy-rate accounts for the largest portion of the event’s purse and is typically the universal standard in a fighter’s drawing and overall star power.


(Feature photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Danny Z is a contributing writer/reporter for Supreme Boxing and can be followed @DannyZ_Boxing on Twitter

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