Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor, which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26th, can now be slotted in at number two in the all-time list of boxing’s highest gates, but it came nowhere near the record set by Mayweather’s May 2015 bout with Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao at the nearby MGM Grand Garden Arena.
At the MayMac post-fight press conference, Mayweather himself claimed that the fight had ascended to the number one spot on the list by taking in “over $80 million.” Either the business savvy boxer was misinformed, or he simply wasn’t finished hyping the fight even in it’s aftermath.
On Tuesday night, Jed I. Goodman reported on Twitter that gate receipts for the cross-codes super-fight had actually totaled a comparatively meagre $55,414,865.79, falling $16,783,634.21 short of the massive $72,198,500 total raked in by Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, which lived up to it’s ‘Fight of the Century’ moniker in financial terms only.
According to Goodman, 13,094 tickets were sold for Mayweather vs. McGregor, with 137 tickets given away for free.
@arielhelwani Mayweather vs McGregor
Gross Gate $55,414,865.79
Number of sold tickets 13,094
Number of complimentary tickets 137
— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) September 6, 2017
On Wednesday, MMAFighting confirmed the veracity of Goodman’s report with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
It may not have topped Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, but don’t let that obscure the fact that MayMac was an enormous success at the gate. Its total dwarfs that of the number three fight on the all-time list, Mayweather’s September 2013 clash with Saul Alvarez, which took in just over $20 million.