McGregor Falls Far Short of Live Gate Record

Ticket prices for the bout, held in the 20,000 seat T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, had been scaled to break the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao record, which was set in a 17,000 seat arena.

There's still a chance that the Mayweather-McGregor fight could break the all-time pay-per-view record, which was set by that Mayweather-Pacquiao fight (4.6 million units sold). While "The Money Fight" between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor did not break the gate record on August 26, the number was still a far away second place and the fight made a lot of money in ticket sales.

After going 10 rounds with the legendary Floyd Mayweather late last month, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor's star power has only seemed to soar even higher than it had already been.

Mayweather fights are five of the top six gates in Nevada history.

Showtime Sports executive vice president and general manager Stephen Espinoza explained on this week's episode of The MMA Hour where the numbers are now at for the highly promoted fight and why the calculations for the pay-per-view numbers take so long to process.

The disparity between this fight and Mayweather-Pacquiao can likely be connected to the criticism that Mayweather Promotions received for pricing tickets so high that Mayweather-McGregor, despite such incredible demand, failed to sell out. I don't want to assume we get the typical growth, because this is not a typical event. A further 137 were given away as complimentary tickets, taking the total attendance to 13,231. There are many different ways in which this event behaved differently. It didn't help that promoters spent much of their time beforehand promising record-breaking numbers and paydays.

The pay-per-view numbers for Mayweather-McGregor have not been released yet, but the estimates have been all over the place.

  • Angelo Rivera