The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight attracted a very large live gate, just that it felt way, way short of the record.
Instead of the reported $80 million live gate Mayweather said the fight attracted, Jed I. Goodman reported the fight drew was actually around $55.4 million in the live gate, way short of the $72,198,500 record set in 2015 when Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao.
If Goodman's report is correct, then those who paid a ticket to see the fight paid an average of $4,232.08. The fight, held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was far off from being a sellout.
As the circus of the fight continues to die down, more and more reports of the initial financial details are starting to sound more like hyperbole. UFC president Dana White initially said the fight did 6.5 million pay-per-view buys, but now Showtime said the pay-per-view had between four and five million buys.
Even if the live gate fell way short of the record, it would still be the second-highest gate for a boxing match in the history of Nevada. Mayweather now owns the four highest live gates in Nevada boxing history with this fight, as well as potentially the two highest boxing pay-per-view buyrate in history.
Mayweather defeated McGregor by 10th-round TKO to win his 50th professional boxing win.