UFC president Dana White revealed that the Floyd Mayweather–Conor McGregor bout over the weekend did a whopping 6.5 million pay-per-view buys, revealing the reported news during a casual conversation with Urijah Faber and Snoop Dogg Tuesday evening.
No word has surfaced regarding the exact number of purchases, but respected pundits believe that the total eclipses that of the 2015 Mayweather-Pacquiao tilt in Canada, U.K. and Ireland. Said fight held the all-time record with 4.6 million buys.
The highly anticipated showdown between Mayweather and McGregor didn’t transpire without a few hiccups along the way.
The fight, which went for $99.99, was difficult to air for some viewers around the world due to technical malfunctions. On Tuesday, White did his best to make amends when he guaranteed refunds for anyone who purchased the fight through UFC Fight Pass but was unable to watch. There were so many problems for those tuning in that the fight was actually pushed back.
Heading into Saturday’s headliner, Showtime was thought to rake in potentially $1 billion with global spectacle on hand in Las Vegas. However, Variety.com reported that the fight yielded 239 illegal live-streamed broadcasts, attributing to 2.93 million viewers.
Those that yearned for a true underdog story were left blindsided in the 10th round of the fight when Mayweather improved to 50-0 with a TKO over the Irishman. McGregor, who made his boxing debut, was able to stick with Mayweather for the first few rounds, only to be peppered with a flurry of punches in the 10th.