McGregor, Mayweather bout could end up biggest pay-per-view ever
September 02, 2017 8:06 AM
by Robert Mann
Last week’s boxing bout between Conor McGregor’s and Floyd Mayweather Jr. was a hit not only at Las Vegas’ sports books who pulled in a massive win total, but at the box office. Early estimates indicate that the event could end up the biggest pay-per-view ever, with an estimated 50 million people watching in the United States alone.
Showtime PPV figures released Friday showed the fight was tracking in the “mid to high” 4 million range, threatening the 4.6 million record set by Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Sports chief, said the number will likely rise some as more firm figures come in.
He said, “It’s a little soon to be predicting a record, but the record is definitely within reach.”
Some estimates indicate that 50 million people, or nearly one in six Americans watched the fight. Domestically, at $99.95 a buy, the pay-per-view generated at least $450 million in revenue.