Before the much-hyped Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather superfight, those in charge of putting the whole thing together said they hoped it would sell around five million pay-per-views. That’s roughly the same number of the Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight from 2015. Although the final numbers aren’t in yet, video has surfaced of UFC president Dana White claiming that the most recent boxing circus actually blew away expectations, generating 6.5 million buys (at $100 apiece).
The video, which comes from the Instagram story of retired UFC fighter Uriah Faber, shows White in the background casually dropping the massive number. Oh, and Snoop Dogg is there as well, because 2017 is a strange time to be alive.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) August 30, 2017
MMAFighting.com reported that if that the number is correct, it’s likely the worldwide total. They also claimed that the McGregor/Mayweather fight may actually have sold less than Mayweather/Pacquiao in the United States, but more than made up for it by selling better around the world.
Whether the final number is 6.5 million or a little less, one thing is certain: everyone involved got (even more) rich.