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McGregor Vs Mayweather Fails To Hit Hyped Numbers For Ticket Revenue

McGregor Vs Mayweather Fails To Hit Hyped Numbers For Ticket Revenue

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather's encounter last month fell well short of breaking the record for ticket revenue for a fight.

Figures released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission show that the event generated $55,414,865.79 from the gate. That is well behind the record of $72,198,500 made from Floyd Mayweather's fight against Manny Pacquiao in February 2015.

Numerous times during the build-up to the fight, those involved in its promotion appeared to be in no doubt that it would break records, including for the gate.

The numbers do make it the second highest grossing fight in Nevada history, $35 million ahead of Mayweather's 2013 fight against Canelo Alvarez.

Seven of the top eight largest grossing gates in Nevada's history include a fight involving Floyd Mayweather. Only Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield's 1999 fight break Mayweather's monopoly on the top eight.

Greed appears to be the main reason why the fight did not hit the expected numbers. Only 13,094 tickets were sold for the event. A further 137 of those in attendance received complimentary tickets. The T-Mobile Arena, where the fight was held, has a capacity of 20,500.

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Ticket prices ranged from $500 to $10,000 - undoubtedly a considerable factor in 36 per cent of the arena's seats being empty.

Pay-per-view numbers for the fight have yet to be released. Though, Dana White did apparently state it had 6.5 million buys.

Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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