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Mayweather vs. McGregor ends up second-biggest North American PPV ever

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor Esther Lin, Showtime

The hype leading into the Aug. 26 boxing megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor hinted that the matchup in Las Vegas could eclipse the combat sports pay-per-view buyrate record.

Four months later, the numbers have been tallied. And while it didn’t quite break the mark, it wasn’t all that far off.

Mayweather’s 10th-round TKO of the UFC lightweight champion at T-Mobile Arena sold 4.3 million units in North America, Showtime announced on Thursday.

That puts the number just behind the most anticipated boxing match of this generation, the undefeated Mayweather’s 2015 unanimous decision victory over Manny Pacquiao in 2015, which did 4.6 million confirmed buys.

MayMac also finished well ahead of the third-largest event in PPV history, Mayweather’s 2007 win over Oscar De La Hoya, which finished at 2.48 million buys.

The publicly traded company said the event produced about $600 million in revenue.

The PPV figures include both traditional cable buys and those who purchased the event over various steaming platforms. Purchases outside the U.S. and Canada are not included.

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