Tuesday 21 November 2017

Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather gate receipts fall well short of record

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor
Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Conor McGregor's Las Vegas showdown with Floyd Mayweather did not set a new record for gate receipts, despite repeated claims that it would.

The much hyped, money-spinning boxing match - that saw Mayweather beat the Notorious with a 10th round stoppage - had been billed as the fight of the century and was tipped to top Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao in 2015 in terms of ticket revenue.

But there were 5,000 empty seats in the T Mobile Arena to watch Mayweather bow out of the sport with a 50-0 record against Irishman McGregor.

Figures released by the Nevada Commission show that McGregor v Mayweather generated €46.3m, the second highest of all time behind the €60.4m from Mayweather v Pacquiao.

The McGregor bout is, however, expected to surpass the Pacquiao fight in pay-per-views and including sponsorship and merchandise, the fight will be the richest in history with total revenue edging towards €520m.

Following Mayweather's win over McGregor, both fighters and delegates from boxing and MMA stated that gate receipts would be a record high so these figures will come as a blow.

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