Floyd Mayweather Jnr v Conor McGregor superfight

Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor US$55m gate receipts fall well short of record

August bout falls well short of US$72m taken for ‘Fight of the Century’ which saw Mayweather defeat Manny Pacquaio

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 September, 2017, 3:24pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 September, 2017, 3:24pm

Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Conor McGregor’s money-spinning superfight failed to break the record for gate receipts at a Las Vegas boxing bout, figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed Wednesday.

The controversial August 26 fight raked in US$55,414,865.79, well short of the US$72,198,500 generated by Mayweather’s 2015 “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand.

The Mayweather-McGregor bout, staged at the T-Mobile Arena, sold 13,094 tickets, well short of the venue’s 20,500 capacity. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight sold 16,219 tickets.

A total of 137 complimentary tickets were given away for Mayweather-McGregor, won by Mayweather in a 10th-round technical knockout.

Face-value ticket prices for Mayweather-McGregor were among the most expensive in history, with cheapest seats going for US$500 and the most expensive for as much as US$10,000.

Although the fight failed to challenge the Mayweather-Pacquiao gate total, it becomes the second highest-grossing gate in Las Vegas history, surpassing the US$20 million generated by Mayweather’s 2013 defeat of Canelo Alvarez.

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The bout is also set to be one of the richest fights in history if the most bullish predictions of pay-per-view television sales are met.

Some predictions have suggested the fight could threaten the 4.6 million buys generated by Pacquiao-Mayweather.

Official numbers have not been released although executives from cable network Showtime Sports said they expected the bout would at least be second.