There is a reason Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather was called “The Money Fight”. This fight is considered to be the biggest fight in combat sports history. A pro-boxing match between an undefeated boxing legend versus a two-division MMA champion who never trained for boxing. McGregor vs Mayweather was a spectacle in sports history and made both the fighters filthy rich.
This spectacular event took place on August 26, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The fight comprised twelve rounds. This fight has the second-highest PPV buys in history. The pre-fight promotions were the turning point to this fight’s success. Press conferences are known to be interesting but “The Notorious One” completely sold the fight with his trash-talking and his “taunting”.
Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather took home a hefty sum of money after the event. Before the event kicked off, Mayweather was guaranteed a sum of $100 million dollars while the undisputed McGregor was guaranteed $30 million dollars. But, the success of the event skyrocketed leading the fighter’s purse to substantially be increased. It is reported that Floyd earned a whopping $280 million while McGregor earned a total of $130 million. This fight added to Conor McGregor net worth.
But there is no need to be surprised that these two fighters made more money than one could imagine. According to Forbes, this fight made the second-most pay-per-view buys as it recorded a stunning 4.3 million PPV buys all around the world. This would add up to a sum of $400 million in pay per view only. According to reports, the fighters agreed to split the buys 7:3 with Floyd taking the lion’s share.
How did Conor McGregor help sell “The Money Fight”?
After this event, McGregor was regarded as the ‘face of the fight game’. Conor sh*t-talked his way into making $100 million dollars. The MMA champion had no professional boxing experience prior to that fight. To add more significance to his performance, Conor never hired a boxing coach. He stuck with his MMA striking coach leading to this fight. Conor was known to trash talk and get into his opponent’s head but ‘The Notorious One’ stepped his trash-talking game to a whole other level against Floyd.
This fight put McGregor on the map of combat sports. If he already did not have one of the most fan-following in the sports world, this crossover event doubled his fans. Conor managed to survive for 10 rounds with arguably the greatest boxer of all time. Though he made half of what Floyd in the event, this fight surely put Conor up with the greatest fighters and showmen of all time.