‘Money Fight’ PPV Buys Likely Less Than Dana White’s Claim, But Still a ‘Massive Success’

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 1, 2017
The “Money Fight” could still be a record breaker in terms of pay-per-view buys, but it will likely fall far below UFC President Dana White’s recent projection.

Showtime Executive Vice President Stephen Espinoza told the Los Angeles Times that the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor “is tracking in the mid-to-high 4 million pay-per-view buys.” Espinoza added that “it’s too early to declare a hard number” for the Aug. 26 contest at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Earlier this week, video footage captured during Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series caught the UFC boss declaring that the event did 6.5 million pay-per-view buys. That would far exceed the record of 4.6 million set by the bout between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in May 2015. Unless White was accounting for overseas sales as well, it doesn’t appear that Mayweather-McGregor will reach that figure.

"If we don't reach the record, we're going to be very, very close," Espinoza said. "We consider it a massive success. It was an exciting, entertaining fight and there was massive interest."

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