The biggest fight in combat sports history may not be able to call itself that after all. A blockbuster bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor was unable to break the live gate record previously set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.
Mayweather vs. McGregor racked up $55,414,865.79 in ticket sales at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Aug. 26. Twitter’s Jed I. Goodman was the first to report the news Tuesday, later confirmed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission by MMA Fighting. The mark falls way short of the record set by Mayweather and Pacquiao, which generated $72,198,500 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The news of a failed attempt at the record comes just under a month after Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe insisted that the bout would have no issue surpassing the all-time record. He claimed the fight was already at $60 million on Aug. 10, two weeks before the fight would take place, and that the Aug. 26 bout would “blow past” the $72 million record.
It wasn’t all bad news for Mayweather vs. McGregor, though. Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza recently told MMA Fighting that the bout is expected to come close to, or potentially surpass, the record for pay-per-view buys — a mark also set by Mayweather-Pacquiao. That number sits at 4.6 million buys.
Mayweather earned his 50th and final career victory in defeating McGregor in Las Vegas, guaranteed a handsome $100 million and expected to make far more. McGregor, making the transition from MMA to boxing for the first time, will take home a guaranteed $30 million, but has claimed he will surpass the $100 million mark when all the revenue is counted.