Mayweather vs. McGregor May Set Pay-Per-View Record

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The Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight is closing in on a new record for North American pay-per-view buys.

"It's a little soon to be predicting a record", said Espinoza, who heads sports for Showtime.

"I'd absolutely call this a complete success", Espinoza told the AP.

Estimates vary, but if an average of 10 people watched each pay-per-view the total audience for Saturday's fight in the U.S. could reach 50 million people, or almost one in six Americans. "This was a fight that had massive expectations in both the fight itself and the business results". That bout brought in 4.6 million buys - a number initially believed to be unreachable until talks of Mayweather vs. McGregor first surfaced last spring. It's unlikely that there was any active boxer Mayweather could have fought last week who would have combined to sell more than four million with him. The fight was $99.95 United States but the price in some other countries was not that high.

Conor McGregor has quickly made a name for himself in the world of MMA fighting, and now, in the world of boxing, but according to the Irish fighter, he owes it all to his longtime girlfriend, Dee Devlin, who stuck by him way before he made it big. McGregor will at least quadruple his net worth, as his $34 million UFC career earnings are dwarfed by the reported $70 million paycheck he will receive for his match against Mayweather. Thank you to all the fans for the support of the fight and the event! Espinoza said that Showtime received a slightly more favorable split than normal for this fight, but would not go into other details.

"There could be a good amount of growth between the initial numbers and where we eventually end up", Espinoza said.

The fight saw UFC champion McGregor take on the undefeated Mayweather in McGregor's pro boxing debut.

"We were particularly pleased with the digital streaming aspect", he said. I just figured, we're brothers in arms here. Espinoza said that about 80 percent of the audience chose high definition. But he said the nature of the fight meant groups of people gathered to watch it, and that most bought it legitimately to be guaranteed the best possible feed.

Some of those people watched on sites purposefully set up to stream illegally, but most watched on mainstream video platforms like Periscope, Facebook and YouTube, where a number of users simply pointed their phone at their television and hit record.

And finally, former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub has lifted the lid on his heated exchange with Nate Diaz after Mayweather vs. McGregor.



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