On Saturday night, a pay-per-view event stands to score an estimated U.S. take of $500M-plus. If it were a movie, that figure easily would land in the list of 10 top-grossing films of all time.
The boxing match between the undefeated, five-division, 11-time world boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr., 40, and Irish UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor, 29, aka “The Money Fight,” will air live from the 20K-seat T-Mobile arena in Paradise, NV.
That PPV revenue projection is based off the $99.95 rental fee and easily will eclipse the $460M of the 2015 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout.
Worldwide, Saturday’s fight is forecasted to generate $700M to the 2015 match’s $600M. Uber-aggressive estimates even are predicting $1 billion worldwide. Reported estimated venue ticket sales for Mayweather-McGregor are expected to near $90M, besting the $72M made by Mayweather-Pacquiao. The largest number of ticket sales for any UFC fight featuring McGregor amounted to just under $18M, and that was November’s UFC 205 in New York, when McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight belt.