24
Jun
2019

Dana White makes outrageous PPV / piracy / betting claims regarding Mayweather v McGregor

Mayweather v McGregor 25/10/2017

Idris Erba

UFC boss Dana White has revealed further details regarding the numbers crunched for star fighter Conor McGregor’s foray into the boxing ring.

McGregor was stopped by Floyd Mayweather on August 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in a contest which was initially announced as failing to break the previous Pay-Per-View record Stateside.

Mayweather v McGregor was marked down at 4.4 million US buys, whilst Manny Pacquiao’s clash with the ‘Money’ man in May 2015 did 4.6m.

White is convinced ‘MayMac’ surpassed ‘MayPac’ though and says the showpiece took records in many other countries around the world.

“Oh, we broke the record. The thing ended up doing 6.7 million pay-per-view buys globally,” White told The Wall Street Journal.

“How about this: we broke the record in Australia; we broke the record in the U.K., at four in the morning, four in the morning, we broke the pay-per-view record; broke the record in Spain, Canada, and the United States.”

The astonishing figure is even more baffling with the likes of Periscope and Facebook Live being used to stream events illegally online.

Taking a poke at those who chose to watch without paying, White joked Mayweather v McGregor also took the law-breaking crown to add to all the other accolades.

“We broke that record too. Most pirated fight of all time. That’s another record we broke,” White laughed.

“We (the UFC) police it. There’s a lot of different things we do. We catch people. Every fight that we do, we battle piracy.”

Asked how the fight did in the betting stakes, White added: “It was the highest betting fight ever in the history of Las Vegas… highest betting sporting event. Bigger than the Super Bowl.”

Rumors have Mayweather and McGregor potentially going all in on a second meeting in 2018, with HBO’s Jim Lampley even going as far as stating the first fight was fixed by Mayweather to look closer than it was in the opening rounds.

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