The Mayweather v McGregor fight is about to set a new record in total Pay-Per-View buys in the United States. Showtime reports that the August 26 match has reached mid to high 4 million. The record threatens to strike the current record of 4.6 million buys set by Mayweather – Pacquiao fight of 2015.
Dana White, the UFC president earlier this week said that the fight was playing at around 6.5 million buys. However, Dana did not clarify whether the record was for the entire world or just for North America. Mayweather won the fight by knocking McGregor out in the tenth round. The 2015 Mayweather – Pacquiao mega fight is said to have amounted to a total of 5.5 million PPV buys worldwide.
According to earlier reports by Variety, the Las Vegas fight also suffered 239 online illegal live streams, bringing it to a total of 2.93 million views worldwide. In addition to the legally purchased views and the illegal live streams, 445,000 fans downloaded the fight online after it ended, including 78,000 Americans and 49,000 from the UK.
The fight was McGregor’s pro-boxing debut, taking on the legendary Floyd. Mayweather won the fight and set a new record of an undefeated streak of 50-0, taking out Rocky Marciano’s 49-0.
Being his first boxing match, McGregor was doomed to lose, as many believed. He is less experienced in boxing, and many criticised that he would not land a single punch on the legendary Floyd Mayweather. The Irishman chose to disappoint his critics by landing 111 punches on his opponent throughout the fight, more than Manny Pacquiao managed in his fight against Mayweather in 2015.
Cornor is the current UFC lightweight champion and former UFC featherweight champion.