Mayweather v McGregor pay-per-view numbers lower than initially claimed by Dana White

It seems that Dana White‘s claim of record-shattering pay-per-view buys was slightly wide of the mark.

The UFC President stated on Tuesday night that the Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor pay-per-view raked in 6,500,000 buys on Showtime in the United States.

The number would smash the previous U.S. record, set by Mayweather’s fight with Manny Pacquiao in 2015, which brought in 4,600,000 buys.

Veteran boxing insider Rick Glaser would respond to these purported figures by explaining how pay-per-view numbers are normally available the following Friday at the very earliest.

Tracking figures have surfaced tonight which seem to dismiss White’s initial excitement – however they are still eye-wateringly massive and may indeed still break the Mayweather-Pacquiao numbers.

Showtime boss Stephen Espinoza today told the L.A. Times that “it’s too early to declare a hard number,” before adding that the provisional numbers are “tracking in the mid-to-high 4 million pay-per view buys.”

Stateside, the fight cost $99.95. By comparison, the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout cost $89.95 in standard definition and $99.95 in high definition.

A distant third, Oscar De La Hoya v Mayweather back in 2007 yielded 2,400,000 buys.

Final, definitive numbers will be available next week.

The fight itself saw McGregor make a good start but fatigue quickly as Mayweather took over, and the American scored a tenth round stoppage.

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