Dana White claims Mayweather-McGregor shattered all time pay-per-view records
The August fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was already going to be the most lucrative event in 2017 but now it may go down as the biggest fight in pay-per-view history.
That’s according to UFC president Dana White, who claims that Mayweather vs. McGregor is now the all-time record holder for pay-per-view buys globally as well as in the United States.
Of course no one was disputing that Mayweather vs. McGregor was going to do huge numbers on pay-per-view, but rumors have been swirling that the fight came just short of breaking the all time record held by Mayweather’s 2015 bout against Manny Pacquiao.
White says otherwise while mentioning several different markets around the globe where Mayweather vs. McGregor is now in a class by itself for pay-per-view sales.
“We broke the record. The thing ended up doing 6.7 million pay-per-view buys globally,” White told the Wall Street Journal “Unnamed Podvideocast”.
“How about this — we broke the record in Australia, we broke the record in the U.K. at 4 [a.m.] in the morning, 4 in the morning we broke the pay-per-view record. We broke the record in Spain, Canada, and the United States.”
To break the U.S. record, Mayweather vs. McGregor would have sold more than 4.6 million buys, which was the previous mark set by Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.
Showtime, who produced the pay-per-view alongside Mayweather Promotion and McGregor Sports and Entertainment, has stayed mum on the final numbers for the pay-per-view broadcast.
White also added one more record that the fight broke as well but that one won’t earn the fighters any extra profit unfortunately.
“We broke that record, too. The most pirated fight of all time,” White said. “That’s another record we broke.”