It sure is surprising to know that Floyd Mayweather Jr., who’s known as a “cherry-picker” when it comes to choosing opponents, finally stepped out of his comfort zone as he went back from his 2-year-long retirement.
Now, he gets to face the legendary MMA fighter who made history for having held two title belts simultaneously – the Notorious Conor McGregor. However, the match is going to be fought in boxing rules which further stack up to McGregor’s handicap.
Take note that he’s fighting a 49-0 record holder and he has zero professional boxing experience. The legendary fight will be taking place on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
It’s because of these things, matched with the hype of merging the world of boxing and MMA, which made this a “one-heck-of-a-big-fight.” All of these lead to people calling it as the “Money Fight” or even the “$1 Billion-Fight.”
Ticket sales: Mayweather-McGregor fight:
But why is it called a $1 billion-fight in the first place? Well, the ticket sales have something to do with it. A lot of people, expert analysts and simple fans alike, compare the upcoming matchup with the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in 2015 as it generated a staggering $70 million in ticket sales.
However, it was held at the MGC Grand with a smaller seating capacity of 16,800. Compare that to the 20,000 seats available in the T-Mobile Arena where the May-Mac fight is going to happen. The upcoming ticket sales sure are going to go well beyond that $70 million mark, possibly even reaching $100 million.
So where’s the $1 billion? Hold on; we’re not through yet!
Mayweather-McGregor fight PPV (Pay Per View) revenues:
Then there is the pay-per-view (PPV) revenues. The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight of 2015 had a whopping $400 million in total pay-per-view revenue.
In knowing that the upcoming fight will be much bigger as it will feature the two biggest stars in two different sports, it is safe to say that the PPV revenues will be much higher. That’s most likely going to be the case as this will be the first time that an MMA fighter will be fighting a boxer with Mayweather’s caliber.
Add into the equation Floyd’s 49-0 record and him risking it all up by coming back after a two-year-retirement. You’ll come up with an overly hyped up match.
The 2015 Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was a $600 million fight, where $430 million comes from the U.S. PPVs, $72 million from ticket purchases, another $50 million from international TV rights, while the remaining balance is from merchandises, endorsements, and sponsorships.
The PPV betting line back then was 4.6 million. Compare that to the current 4.99 million betting line for the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight. There’s no doubt the figures are going to exceed the $600 million mark, which then makes it a highly potential $1 billion fight.
Betting on the “Money Match”
The initial odds started at -2250 for Floyd and +950 for Conor. But now, the gap disparity thins as the Mayweather vs. McGregor latest online betting offers give the American boxer -600 odds while the Irishman gets +400.
Mayweather gets -140 for victory by KO or TKO, while McGregor has +500. A +200 and +1000 odds is imposed on Mayweather and McGregor respectively for victory by decision. However, the two gets tied up at +1600 odds for the first round victory category.
Ever since rumors about the potential fight between the two biggest names in boxing and MMA surfaced, it’s pretty clear who was the underdog – it was McGregor, and forever will he be. It makes perfect sense for him to stay that way until the fight.
With zero experience in professional boxing, and in fighting the self-proclaimed 49-0 G.O.A.T., he deserves to be an underdog. But when it comes to the Irishman’s track record, unexpected things proved to have HAPPENED. That’s what makes this a thrilling head-to-head fight of the decade.