Dana White Says Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Fight Drew 6.5M PPV Buys

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26:  (L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor attend a news conference after Mayweather defeated Conor McGregor by 10th-round TKO in their super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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UFC President Dana White said Saturday's boxing match in Las Vegas between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor drew 6.5 million pay-per-view buys in a conversation posted on Instagram by Mike Dyce of Sports Illustrated (warning: contains NSFW language):

White offered the number during a conversation with Urijah Faber and Snoop Dogg. Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting noted White was likely referring to the worldwide figure—not the number of buys in North America.

Meltzer reported the "traditional" PPV numbers are expected to top those from the 2015 Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in the United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland—but "not necessarily" in the United States.

The North American numbers are most important for the overall gross because it was $99.95 here, while cheaper prices were available elsewhere in the world. Mayweather-Pacquiao did 4.6 million pay-per-view buys in North America and 5.5 million worldwide.

Mayweather vs. McGregor is also "expected to be the most successful streaming pay-per-view event of all time, even with the issues UFC.tv had the night of the show and refunds they have agreed to offer," per Meltzer.

McGregor lasted 10 rounds in his first professional boxing match, but Money won by technical knockout to become the only boxer with a perfect 50-0 record.

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