Mayweather, McGregor Fight NOT the Richest in Boxing History – Showtime
Contrary to widespread reports, the cross-combat fight between Floyd Mayweather Jrand Conor McGregor was not the richest in boxing history, long-awaited final figures revealed on Friday.
The much publicised bout, which also stirred considerable controversy, comes in as the second richest in the history of the sport after generating 4.3 million pay-per-view buys, according to a statement from Showtime sports.
Only one other fight — Mayweather’s 2015 Las Vegas showdown with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao — has ever drawn more, racking up 4.6 million buys to earn around $600 million.
Although the Mayweather-McGregor pay-per-view total is almost double the third biggest fight of all time, the 2007 bout between Oscar De La Hoya and Mayweather which had 2.48 million buys.
Unsurprisingly, all three richest fights involve unbeaten champ Money Mayweather, who called time on his illustrious career with a flawless 50-0 record after the McGregor stoppage in August.
Showtime added that the Mayweather and McGregor fight had exceeded $600 million when global revenues, including ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution were considered.
“The pairing of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor brought together two very significant and distinct global fan bases in one truly unprecedented event,” Showtime Sports chief Stephen Espinoza said in a recent interview.
“The remarkable results are all the more impressive considering that the planning, marketing and execution took place across a span of just 72 days from the initial announcement to fight night.”
Tagged the ‘Fight of the Century’ the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout took over six years in negotiations but eventually failed to live up to the hype with the Filipino southpaw nursing an injury.
Mayweather won by unanimous decision to extend his unbeaten run and confirm his place as the greatest fighter of his generation.
His fight with McGregor was widely dismissed as a circus given that the Irishman had never stepped in a ring before, and Money won the one-sided bout with a 10th round knockout.