Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Officially Second Biggest Pay-Per-View All Time

Showtime revealed just how many pay-per-views Mayweather vs. McGregor sold

Floyd Mayweather has now been a part of the three most successful pay-per-views in history.

On Thursday, Showtime officially announced that the boxing match between Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor sold 4.3 million pay-per-view buys in North America, making it the second biggest event in history.

The only pay-per-view bigger was Mayweather’s 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao that raked in 4.6 million pay-per-view buys. In third place is Mayweather’s fight against Oscar De La Hoya that did 2.48 million buys in 2007.

The pay-per-view numbers for Mayweather vs. McGregor include traditional pay-per-view outlets as well as online distribution through Showtime and the UFC.

In addition to the gaudy figures from pay-per-view, Showtime also announced that Mayweather vs. McGregor generated over $600 million in revenue in ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution.

That makes Mayweather vs. McGregor, along with Mayweather vs. Paquiaio, among the most profitable events in sports history.

The fight pitting Mayweather against McGregor was definitely the most talked about event in 2017 that started with a four-city world tour and ended with a boxing match in Las Vegas in August.

The end result was Mayweather finishing McGregor by 10th round TKO in his final professional fight as he retired with a perfect 50-0 record. Both fighters will now start counting the profits as they managed to put together the second biggest pay-per-view of all time.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.