Exactly how many pay-per-views did this year’s mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor deliver, and was it a record-breaker?
While the numbers have never been officially announced, Dana White finally spilled the beans this week.
“We broke the record,” White told The Wall Street Journal. “The thing ended up doing 6.7 million pay-per-view buys globally.
“How about this: we broke the record in Australia; we broke the record in the U.K., at four in the morning, four in the morning, we broke the pay-per-view record; broke the record in Spain, Canada, and the United States.”
If true that completely demolishes the previous global record of 5.5 million, which was set in 2015 when Mayweather took on Manny Pacquiao in what was dubbed at the time as ‘The Fight Of The Century.’
Not only that, but according to White, there was also a feverish demand for the fight among people who would rather not pay for it.
“We broke that record too. Most pirated fight of all time. That’s another record we broke.”
The much-hyped boxing showdown also sent the gambling world into overdrive.
“It was the highest betting fight ever in the history of Las Vegas… highest betting sporting event. Bigger than the Super Bowl.”