Everyone knows the MayMac event was a huge success, but they didn’t make nearly as much in ticket sales as Floyd and his camp were saying. Floyd and co had said that they earned 80 million along with Conor McGregor in ticket sales from the big show, but it turns out the actual gate numbers are a lot closer to 50 million than 80 million. That’s still a boat load of cash, no doubt, with the real bucks coming from the PPV sales, but either way, it’s also a massive exaggeration to make, too. When you’re retiring 50-0 with enough money to start your own bank, you shouldn’t have to exaggerate things. Floyd had claimed this was the biggest gate of all time at 80 mil, but it turns out the record still belongs to his bout against Manny, which actually brought in a gate of 72 million.
“We did break the record tonight for the biggest gate. Me and Pacquiao done $72 million, I think we did somewhere over $80 million for the live gate,” said Floyd after the Conor fight.
The amount this fight earned at the gate was $55,414,865.79, as per the Athletic Commission in Nevada, the NSAC.
Some PPV numbers have been floating around, too. Urijah Faber posted a short video where he was with Dana White, and they said the fight did 6.5 million PPV buys which smashed the previous record of Floyd vs Manny, however others have estimated the number is about 2 million lower than Dana and Urijah’s claim.
A huge success, make no mistake, but not exactly the tune Ellerbe and co. were singing before the event. https://t.co/nBExgx2AEc
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 6, 2017
Exaggerating is part of the fight game, but usually after the fight it’s kind of odd to have people exaggerating the numbers this much higher than they actually were. It was a massive event either way, but it wasn’t sold out like Floyd and Manny was. If Floyd vs Manny never happened, do you think more people would have been on board to order Floyd vs Conor, or less people?