Conor McGregor Fight Is Second Biggest Pay-Per-View of All Time

Ross Houston
December 15, 2017

Mayweather came back from a two year retirement to take on the UFC lightweight champion McGregor beating the Irishman with a 10th round stoppage taking his unbeaten record to 50-0 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in August.

But Showtime, who broadcast the fight in the U.S., have now revealed that the August 26 showdown failed to beat Mayweather's showdown with Pacquiao in 2015.


Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor's much-hyped Las Vegas boxing match generated more than £450m. The SHOWTIME PPV totals for Mayweather vs. McGregor far exceed the now third best event in history-nearly doubling the 2.48 million buys for Oscar De La Hoya vs. Mayweather in 2007. The 40-year-old Mayweather later admitted that he "carried" McGregor to make it "look good for y'all" following protests from those in the sport saying it wasn't worth the $89.95 pay-per-view price tag.

It likely wouldn't sell as many pay-per-views as their respective bouts with Mayweather considering the undefeated boxer wouldn't be involved and the novelty of McGregor trying boxing would have worn off, but it would involve two of the biggest names in combat sports.


This was the UFC lightweight champion's first boxing match, so fans who bought the PPV hadn't a clue what they were going to get out of the event.

Showtime also reported that the fight generated $600 million in revenue. The only other MMA fight that cracked the top 10 was Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir 2 at UFC 100, which was the promotions 100th card that was stacked from top-to-bottom and that included MMA champions Georges St-Pierre, Dan Henderson and Michael Bisping.


Floyd, of course, is coming off his mega-fight with UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

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