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A fight worth a pot of gold

A fight worth a pot of gold

Revenues go over the roof for the much anticipated Saturday fight.

By the amount of money they can get out of their match, Mayweather and McGregor do not need to fight ever again.

So, the August 26 fight at the T-Mobile Arena of Las Vegas will redefine the way sports and profit combine.

Mayweather vs McGregor
Credit: Brian Mazique (AP/Getty images)

Although McGregor has made millions through endorsements, one fighting night has never given him as much revenue as the one he can make on Saturday, as stakes rise to nearly 127 million, as Boxing Kingdom estimates.

This represents the biggest earning he has made throughout his career since debuting in the UFC in 2013.

For “Money” Mayweather, purses could be as high as 400 million dollars, which ties the amount he won after defeating Manny Pacquiao in a unanimous decision.

Despite Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather Promotions CEO, said both sided agreed confidentially to not reveal financial details to the public, a cheap fight is not expected.

A fight to top all fights

In May 2015 when Mayweather and Pacquiao faced each other, box was looking at a game-changer, until McGregor appeared.

Back in 2015, the boxing match collected 623.5 million dollars, a 400 million alone came from TV revenue.

4.4 views were registered for the Pay-Per-View, which translates into a total earning of 455 million.

In addition, 70 million dollars were registered by Nevada Betting as the amount spent on bets.

Another 18.4 million was reflected in sponsorship sales; 1 million were collected through local merchandise.

Therefore, the Saturday fight is expected to be seen by roughly 20,000 people, and even though it has been criticized, the truth will be seen after the final bell, and until that, people are anxious to see the outcome.

Numbers of the fight:
  • Projected ticket sales: 77.1 million
  • PPV sales: 475 million
  • Sponsorship sales: 22 million
  • Merchandise: 2 million
  • Bets: 30 million
Projected total:
  • Total for Mayweather-Pacquiao: $623.5 million
  • Projected total for Mayweather-McGregor: $606.1 million

With information from Brian Mazique: Forbes, CNN Money, ESPN and Business Insider.