The predictions the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor superfight would be the biggest event in pay-per-view television history just might come true after all.
MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani has confirmed an initial report by the Los Angeles Times that the boxing fight, promoted by Mayweather Promotions and televised by Showtime Sports, is projecting to do somewhere in the mid-to-high four millions in domestic pay-per-view purchases.
The current record for domestic purchases is 4.6 million buys for Mayweather’s victory over Manny Pacquiao on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas.
Earlier in the week, UFC president Dana White said the bout, which was won by Mayweather via 10th-round TKO, was tracking at 6.5 million buys, although he didn’t specify whether the number was for North America or around the world. Mayweather-Pacquiao is believed to have done about 5.5 million buys worldwide.