The numbers for the blockbuster bout between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor could be even greater than initially projected.
According to UFC President Dana White, Saturday’s boxing match did 6.5 million pay-per-view buys. White revealed the figure in a conversation with commentators Urijah Faber and Snoop Dogg that was taped on Instagram during the latest edition of White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
Prior to the fight, White said he expected “The Money Fight” to surpass 5 million buys. Meanwhile, oddsmakers set the over-under for the event at 4.99 million pay-per-view buys.
“The numbers are tracking huge. We’re gonna do the numbers that everybody has been talking we’re gonna do,” White said during a prefight conference call. “The line in Vegas, the over-under is 4.9 million. Everything is tracking right now to say that we’re going to kill this thing.”
The previous record of 4.6 million buys was set during Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao in May 2015. Demand for Mayweather vs. McGregor was so high on fight night that several providers, including UFC.TV, had difficulty showing the bout. Both UFC.TV and Showtime have promised refunds to customers who were unable to access the fight upon purchase. The fight cost $99.95 on pay-per-view in high definition and $89.95 in standard definition.
Mayweather defeated McGregor via 10th round technical knockout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.