The Mayweather vs. McGregor fight on Aug. 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, was all about the money. The fight was dubbed The Money Fight, they had a special Money Belt made up for the winner, most of the talk leading up to the event was about how much money both fighters would make and would the money made at the gate set a new all-time record. Well, did it?
The short answer is no. The record before The Money Fight was from the Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight from back in May 2015 which brought in $72.2 million in ticket sales.
MMA Junkie confirmed the totals for the Mayweather/McGregor fight with the Nevada State Athletic Commission and they are reporting that the official gate totals for the fight were just under $55.5 million - $55,414,865.79 to be exact. The official attendance for the bout was 13,231–and that includes 137 complimentary tickets. Do the math and that gets you an average revenue per ticket of $4,188.26!
That $55 million number is interesting not only because it made the fight the second highest grossing live gate in history, but because it was $5 million lower than the $60 million in ticket sales that Mayweather promotions touted in the weeks leading up to the fight.
Two weeks before the fight Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather Promotions CEO, told MMA Junkie - in response to the talk of slow ticket sales—that ticket sales had already reached $60 million:
"I'm actually tired of hearing that question because right now we have over $60 million in the box office. Now, you tell me what part of that that remotely looks like ticket sales are slow."
Also, a couple days before the fight, UFC president Dana White was quoted as saying that the "Gate's near $70 million."
The fight, which lasted 10 rounds and ended with a TKO win for Mayweather, might have only come in second place in the live gate record books, but when the final pay-per-view numbers come in the Mayweather vs McGregor fight is expected to set a record for the most-watched pay-per-view event of all time.
Also, Mayweather now has the top four boxing gates in the history of Nevada and six of the top seven.