Less than a week removed from Dana White reportedly stating that a blockbuster bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor brought in approximately 6.5 million pay-per-view buys, we now have some clarity on what that number may be representing, exactly.
Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza tells the Los Angeles Times that the boxing match drew “in the mid-to-high 4 million pay-per view buys” in North America. That number would put it on par with the current record-holder in North America, a 2015 mega-fight between Mayweather and Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao. That bout brought in 4.6 million buys — a number initially believed to be unreachable until talks of Mayweather vs. McGregor first surfaced last spring.
“If we don’t reach the record, we’re going to be very, very close,” Espinoza said, “we consider it a massive success.”
It’s possible White’s estimate of 6.5 million is a worldwide figure.
Mayweather defeated McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in said bout, earning his 50th career victory in the process. Taking home a guaranteed $100 million, and expected to earn far, far more, Mayweather has insisted that he will no longer pursue a career in boxing.
McGregor, meanwhile, ventured into the boxing arena for the first time in his professional fighting career. Having made a name for himself as the biggest star the UFC has ever produced, McGregor earned a guaranteed $30 million for his bout with the boxing icon, and is also expected to receive more once all the revenue is split.
McGregor, the UFC’s lightweight champion, has stated that he will now return to the UFC. There is no word on when he will return, specifically.