One of the key financial numbers (Pay-gate revenues) that was set to make a record for the 26th August bout has been released by Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). And it is well short of the record set by the Mayweather-Pacquiao mega fight two years ago.
The bout between the boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and the MMA champion Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, billed as having the potential to break all the previous records of PPV sales and gate revenues has fallen short by as much as $16.8 million.
Mayweather vs. McGregor sold 13,094 tickets with another 137 complimentary tickets given out for a gate of $55.4 million in comparison to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, which sold 16,219 tickets and generated $72.2 million.
While the promoters were optimistic about setting a record, as the T-Mobile Arena was configured to seat 17,698 spectators, the numbers released are evident.
The other important metric – pay-per-view sales – has not come in officially yet. Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza has said that MayMac is close to breaking the MayPac record in PPV buys.
“We are now sort of mid-4 million,” Espinoza said. “If we see the kind of growth that we typically see, then we’ll break the record. I don’t want to assume we get the typical growth, because this is not a typical event. There are many different ways in which this event behaved differently. But we have a very good shot at breaking the record.”
The MayPac fight obliterated the pay-per-view record, with 4.6 million buys generating more than $400 million in revenue.
Mayweather beat McGregor by way of technical knockout in the 10th round to surpass heavyweight great Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record for most wins without a loss or draw.