The Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor mega bout was dubbed as a "super fight" by fans and media alike, and if UFC president Dana White is accurate, it will boast historic pay-per-view numbers to match.
In an Instagram video posted by Sports Illustrated's MMA writer, Mike Dyce, yesterday, White says that the Mayweather-McGregor bout registered a whopping 6.5 million PPV buys. DAMN!
To put that number into perspective, the Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in 2015 had a then-record of 4.6 million buys, meaning that Mayweather's unique clash with McGregor crushed that by nearly two million. Amazing.
Although White spouted the 6.5 million PPV buys number with utmost confidence, the Los Angeles Times wasn't ready to call it official just yet. But they're not disputing it, either.
“If I had to guess, I would say it’s going to break the record,” an industry official who spoke under the condition of anonymity told the newspaper in an article published Wednesday. “Where we are right now, I think I can say with 52 percent authority that we’ll break the record."
Although Mayweather won as expected — via a 10th-round TKO Saturday night in Las Vegas — there was plenty of intrigue entering the super fight that led to its massive consumption on pay-per-view.
Particularly, fight fans had never seen an MMA fighter like McGregor challenge a boxer like Mayweather. In addition, Mayweather entered the bout 49-0, with his record-setting 50th win putting him one 'W' over Rocky Marciano (49-0) in boxing annals.
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