MayMac second biggest PPV in North America of all time
Conor McGregor is the biggest draw in MMA history and Floyd Mayweather is the biggest draw in boxing or any history. Thus it seemed plausible that the boxing match between the pair in August might set a new PPV record. However, the final numbers are in, and MayMac came up with a massive number, but just short of the record set when Mayweather boxed Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
The top 4 are now:
1. Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: 4.6 million buys
2. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor: 4.3 million buys
3. Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya: 2.48 million buys
4. Floyd Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez: 2.2 million buys
MayPac also generated over $600m, more than MayMac. The buy count includes purchases from the usual cable providers, as well as via online portals including Showtime and the UFC.
MayMac did break UK PPV records, with over 1 million buys.
Offical release from Showtime:
SHOWTIME Sports confirmed today that the SHOWTIME PPV presentation of Mayweather vs. McGregor on August 26, 2017 generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America. This includes traditional television distribution and online portals such as the new SHOWTIME PPV app and SHOWTIMEPPV.com as well as UFC.TV in U.S. and Canada.
Mayweather vs. McGregor, a four-fight SHOWTIME PPV boxing event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, officially stands as the second largest pay-per-view event of all time behind Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, which set the North American pay-per-view mark at 4.6 million buys in 2015. The SHOWTIME PPV totals for Mayweather vs. McGregor far exceed the now third best event in history—nearly doubling the 2.48 million buys for Oscar De La Hoya vs. Mayweather in 2007.
The total global revenue from the event including ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution exceeds $600 million, which—along with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao— is among the largest for a single-day sporting event of all time. Mayweather and SHOWTIME PPV now account for the three highest grossing pay-per-view events in television history with the third-ranked event Mayweather vs. Canelo from 2013.
Despite not breaking the record, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s achievement is extraordinary. Never having boxed professionally, he was sufficiently competitive to win a round vs. the greatest boxer of his generation, and very nearly broke the all time sales record. And he’s just 29, coming into his prime.