McGregor live gate of $55.4 million falls short of all-time record

Posted September 07, 2017

The Nevada State Athletic Commission confirmed to multiple outlets Wednesday that the August 26 bout made $55,414,865.79 in ticket sales at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which falls considerably shy of the record total of $72,198,500 at the smaller MGM Grand Garden Arena for Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

A week after besting Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor, newly-retired boxer Floyd Mayweather is still swimming in an ocean of money.

But figures released show over 7,000 seats were empty at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena, generating $55.4m (£42.5m), the second-highest boxing gate in history. In comparison, Mayweather-Pacquiao sold out all 16,219 tickets in less than one minute.

That was made from the sale of 13,094, well short of selling out the 20,500-capacity arena, with 137 complimentary tickets given away to VIPs.

The McGregor fight may not have broken a gate record, but it could still claim the pay-per-view record after 4.6 million units were sold in the United States, ESPN reported. Showtime's Stephen Espinoza has said that it's tracking to do in the mid-to-high four million buy range, which would be around the 4.6 million mark set by Mayweather-Pacquiao. I don't want to assume that we'll get the typical growth, because this is not a typical event. It didn't help that promoters spent much of their time beforehand promising record-breaking numbers and paydays.

"Then again, knowing Conor, I could get a text message tonight telling me otherwise".

"In my opinion, the reason I say Diaz is because those fights are so exciting. Just sometimes it's all about delivering", Ellerbe said.

Kavanagh - who is now in Florida - added: "The Nate Diaz trilogy fight at lightweight is what I'd personally like to see next". When you are talking about tickets going from $500 to $10,000, that's an expensive ticket.