Speculations around how much money the fight will make have started from the first moment when the fight between the undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather and the UFC star Conor McGregor has been announced. The August 26 showdown is set to be the biggest fight in combat sports history in terms of earnings and revenue.
Floyd Mayweather’s mega-fight against Manny Pacquiao achieved the most revenue, the highest gate taking and the highest uptake of Pay-Per-View buys in the history of any sport. That fight produced a reported $600 million plus, but this mega clash against McGregor is expected to do bigger numbers.
Conor McGregor, on the flip side, owns two of the three most-bought fights of all time in the UFC history. His fight against Jose Aldo earned the most revenue of any contest in the UFC, reportedly taking over $90 million.
It appears that earlier this year, when rumours that a fight was in the offing began circulating, Mayweather’s team tried to implore McGregor to accept a $15m deal. He said:
“They know what my number is. My number is a guaranteed $100 million. That was my number,
“We are willing to give him $15 million and then we can talk about splitting the percentage - the back end - on the pay-per-view. But of course, we’re the ‘A side.’ How can a guy talk about making 20 or 30 million if he has never made 8 or 9 million in a fight.”
No matter what happens in the ring, the Irishman will be a big winner. He was smart enough to talk his way into will likely be an eight-figure paycheck. After all, McGregor is an UFC fighter, and even the best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA can’t even get PPV points for his fight. Mayweather, on the other hand, is also a big winner as he can earn $100 million without really risking his legacy. The reported figures are $75m (£58m) for Conor McGregor and $100m (£77m) for Floyd Mayweather.
Furthermore, each player will collect loads of money in sponsorship, as McGregor will not be tied to the UFC’s official sponsors, Reebok, which means he is free to make his own deals for his boxing debut. It seems that any company interested in becoming the top sponsors of this fight, must pay at least $10 million. Actually, Tecate paid $5.6 million for the same spot in 2015 when Floyd Mayweather fought against Pacquiao.