Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor will not go down as the biggest pay-per-view sporting event in US history.
In the weeks that followed Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather’s super fight, a clip of Dana White speaking with Urijah Faber appeared to show the UFC President claiming that the fight had been purchased 6.5 million times on pay-per-view.
However, soon after it emerged that White was referring to the global PPV numbers while, Showtime President Stephen Espinoza admitted that, although the record was within reach, he could not claim that it had been broken.
“I’d absolutely call this a complete success,” Espinoza told the AP. “This was a fight that had massive expectations in both the fight itself and the business results. It lived up to those expectations in every respect.”
“It’s a little soon to be predicting a record but the record is definitely within reach… There could be a good amount of growth between the initial numbers and where we eventually end up.”
On Thursday night, the official numbers were finally released and, as many had predicted, the bout fell just short of the pay-per-view record set by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao back in 2015.
The bout will undoubtedly go down as pay-per-view smash but, given his fondness for record-breaking achievements, it will surely sting McGregor somewhat to see the numbers falling so agonizingly close of a truly historic record.
JUST IN: Showtime acknowledges that Mayweather-McGregor DID NOT beat Mayweather-Pacquiao in PPV buys.
Generated 4.3 million buys in North America. Mayweather-Pacquiao did 4.4 million domestic PPV buys.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 14, 2017
Showtime Spots officially announces MAYWEATHER VS. MCGREGOR did 4.3 million PPV buys in North America. 2nd biggest all time behind Mayweather vs. Pacquaio (4.6 million)
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) December 14, 2017
Showtime confirmed today that the PPV presentation of Mayweather vs. McGregor on August 26, 2017 generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. Second biggest PPV ever. pic.twitter.com/ntpMg2CUu1
— Boxing Insider.com (@BoxingInsider) December 14, 2017
Final PPV tally for Mayweather-McGregor was just announced. Per Showtime it generated 4.3 million PPV buys in the U.S. and Canada.
Officially No. 2 PPV all time behind Mayweather-Pacquiao, which did 4.6 million buys.
Total global revenue for Mayweather-McGregor: $600 million.
— Josh Gross (@yay_yee) December 14, 2017
Conor McGregor has the biggest selling MMA PPV of all time & the second biggest selling boxing PPV of all time in the states. Not bad for a lad on the dole 5 years ago.
— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) December 14, 2017