Thanks to Mayweather vs. McGregor, Nevada sports books won a record amount in August

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Dann StuppWe knew Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor was going to do big business, and Nevada sports books were among the beneficiaries.

This past month, Mayweather (50-0 boxing) picked up a 10th-round TKO win over McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing), the reigning UFC lightweight champion, in a pay-per-view boxing blockbuster in Las Vegas.

Betting on the fight was immense; MMAjunkie devoted an entire three-part series to it. At the sports books, McGregor, who had never boxed professionally, was only a small underdog – smaller than many of the established pro boxers that Mayweather faced during his accomplished career.

Still, despite odds for McGregor opening at +1100 (11-1) and being bet all the way down to +375 (3.75-1) at one point, Mayweather ultimately cruised in the later rounds and forced a TKO stoppage to pick up career win No. 50.

Had McGregor pulled off the upset, the sports books could’ve taken a bath. However, as ESPN.com‘s David Purdum reported, Nevada books set an August record by winning $33.9 million. According to the report, $65 million was wagered on Mayweather-McGregor, and the books took a whopping profit of approximately $15 million from that fight alone.

Some other interesting tidbits from the ESPN.com report:

  • Vegas books smashed the previous August record ($14.2 million). Of the $33.9 million won this August, the most came from Mayweather vs. McGregor ($15 million). The books also won $8.6 million on baseball and $6.6 million on football.
  • Mayweather’s 2015 bout with Manny Pacquiao previously held the record ($50 million) for the most heavily bet boxing bout.
  • Four $1 million bets were placed on May-Mac (three more than were placed on the Super Bowl LI game between the Patriots and Falcons) at Vegas books. All were placed on Mayweather.

Offshore and U.K. books also won heavily thanks to Mayweather-McGregor, which saw “The Notorious” picked by more bettors – but Mayweather tabbed by the bigger bettors.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Conor McGregor on Mayweather, state of UFC lightweight division, 'rat' Paulie Malignaggi

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Floyd Mayweather isn’t out of Conor McGregor’s system quite yet, but MMA is still on his mind.

The UFC lightweight champion talked about his “Money Fight,” his division’s title picture and took a few shots at former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi today during a Q&A fan event in Glasgow, Scotland.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) entertained the idea of a rematch with Mayweather (50-0 boxing), telling fans the newly retired boxing kingpin’s spending habits – and tax troubles – might lead to a rematch.

With different training, McGregor boasted, he wouldn’t just win – it would be the easiest fight of his career, Daily Star reporter Chisanga Malata tweeted from the event at the SEC Armadillo auditorium.

The good news, McGregor said, is that he is still counting his money from the mega-event this past month in Las Vegas.

McGregor didn’t rule out a return to the octagon by year’s end, even though UFC President Dana White has already ruled it out.

McGregor’s longtime coach, John Kavanagh, recently predicted “The Notorious” won’t fight until 2018 – and is hopefull he’ll take on Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) in a rubber match on St. Patrick’s Day.

But according to McGregor, that fight isn’t a lock. Diaz, he said, is likely to “price himself out” of a third fight.

A fight at the year-end UFC 219 would be fine, McGregor said, if he could simply weigh in and throw down, according to Irish Mirror and MMAFighting.com reporter Peter Carroll.

Another rival, former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi (36-8 boxing), got an invitation to the octagon. McGregor reportedly called the ex-boxing champ – his former sparring partner for Mayweather – “a rat” and told him to “bring his balls” for a showdown in MMA.

Other opponents also beckon. McGregor said he’s looking forward to the upcoming interim lightweight title bout between Tony Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), which takes place next week at UFC 216, as well as the showdown of “The Ultimate Fighter 26” coaches Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and ex-champ Eddie Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

McGregor also mentioned the possibility of a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) in Russia, a matchup UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie months ago was high on the champ’s list.

But in the end, McGregor indicated he would wait how the division shakes out before making a final decision.

“Let me see what these two fools do this weekend,” McGregor said of Ferguson vs. Lee.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Floyd Mayweather got some Conor McGregor artwork, and fans weren't impressed

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Dann StuppPerhaps Conor McGregor wasn’t his most dangerous boxing opponent, but Floyd Mayweather knows he was one of his most lucrative – and he’s honored “The Notorious.”

This past month, Mayweather (50-0 boxing) picked up a 10th-round TKO win over McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) in a pay-per-view boxing blockbuster in Las Vegas.

Both fighters likely received nine-figure paydays for the crossover spectacle, and it gave Mayweather that long-awaited 50-0 career mark. And despite a recent humblebrag about the win, Mayweather seems to have a soft spot for his recent foe.

Today, he shared some new artwork in his Beverly Hills home that honors “The Money Fight” between the two (via Twitter):

Despite Mayweather’s intentions, some “Money” fans were less than impressed (via Twitter):

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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A breakdown of Mayweather vs. McGregor ticket sales revenue

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The hottest ticket for “The Money Fight” was priced at $5,000.

That’s according to a breakdown of tickets sold for Floyd Mayweather’s 10th-round TKO win over UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, which revealed the third most expensive ticket was the best seller with 67 percent (3,183 of 4,737) of seats purchased.

Despite that rich price tag, those $5,000 seats, located at the top of the lower level seats at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, were deeply discounted close to fight night, sinking to $1,500 on the secondary market, according to ESPN.

Initially priced from $500 to $10,000, cheaper tickets were quickly snatched up and inflated on ticket websites like StubHub, though prices slowly decreased in the two months leading up to Mayweather (50-0 boxing) vs. McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) on Aug. 26. By fight week, the price was around $1,300.

The breakdown was released Monday to MMAjunkie by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which regulated the spectacle boxing match.

The boxing event was well short of the $72.2 million live gate record set by Mayweather’s “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao in 2015. Yet it still generated a massive box office payout, with $55,414,865.79 in revenue on 13,231 tickets for an average of $4,188.26 per ticket.

The event’s pay-per-view buy rate, on the other hand, is “trending” to break the all-time record of 4.6 million set by Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.

Here’s the breakdown of ticket sales:

  • $10,000: 2,942 available
    2,254 sold
    29 complimentary
  • $7,500: 1,814 available
    1,145 sold
    18 complimentary
  • $5,000: 4,737 available
    3,183 sold
    22 complimentary
  • $3,500: 3,233 available
    1,601 sold
    68 complimentary
  • $2,500: 2,735 available
    2,716 sold
    0 complimentary
  • $1,500: 1,809 available
    1,781 sold
    0 complimentary
  • $500: 428 available
    414 sold
    0 complimentary

Total tickets sold and complimentary: 13,231

Total live gate: $55,414,865.79

Interestingly, the UFC is not listed as a promoter on the live gate sheet despite last-minute approval as a co-promoter alongside Mayweather Promotions and Showtime. A NSAC spokesperson didn’t immediately respond to a request for clarification.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Fan gets incredible '50-0' tattoo after Floyd Mayweather's win over Conor McGregor

Fight fans are no stranger to going to extreme measures to support their favorite athletes.

There’s a long history of combat-sports supportors getting tattoos of fighters or personalities, but this one may very well take the cake.

Following his 10th-round TKO victory over Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 0-1 boxing) in the pay-per-view “Money Fight” blockbuster this past month, a Floyd Mayweather (50-0 boxing) fan opted to get a special “50-0” portrait of the legendary undefeated boxer.

Sometimes these things don’t work out well (looking at your Johnny Cash tattoo, Alan Belcher). In this case, though, the Mayweather tattoo is on the money (via Instagram):

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The piece was so impressive that Mayweather himself caught wind of it, and he heaped praise on his fan (via Instagram):

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For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Did Floyd Mayweather barely even train for Conor McGregor fight?

Remember how there was a conspicuous lack of training footage being put out by Floyd Mayweather during the build-up to his boxing match with Conor McGregor? Perhaps that’s because practically none existed.

In the roughly 10 weeks from the time “The Money Fight” was announced until Mayweather’s 10th-round TKO win on Aug. 26, Mayweather shared just one clip of himself hitting the bag on Instagram. And not a single moment of training footage was revealed during “All Access” on Showtime or the “Embedded” series produced by the UFC.

Instead, what we mostly saw was Mayweather doing fight promotion and enjoying leisure activities with friends and family. Mayweather’s explanation during fight week was that he simply wanted to show a different side of himself, but maybe that wasn’t entirely true.

According to Floyd Mayweather Sr., his son “did not train for that fight.”

Via PhillyVoice.com:

“Floyd would have stopped (McGregor) a lot earlier if he worked even a little bit,” Mayweather Sr. said. “Floyd did not train for that fight. He literally whupped that boy, that’s what he did. Just imagine if my son would have prepared and would have trained the way he (normally) would for a fight. He would have stopped (McGregor) even sooner.

“What the world saw was only about 50 percent of what my son is capable of doing. Yes, you can say it: It was like he literally came off the street to beat that man. That’s how good my son is. That’s basically it. I used to run with my son, but we haven’t ran together in a long time. As far as I’m concerned, he didn’t run for this fight. Floyd didn’t put all of what Floyd could do in the McGregor fight.

“If the real Floyd Mayweather Jr. would have showed up for the McGregor fight, McGregor wouldn’t have gotten out of the second round.”

A member of Mayweather’s camp echoed Mayweather Sr.’s sentiments.

“Floyd hit the speed bag or did a light run, but he spent more time promoting the fight and at his businesses than preparing for McGreogr,” he said. “There’s no way around it; Floyd is a genetic freak. He’s been fighting so long that things just come naturally to him. All this social media stuff about McGregor going 10 rounds with the best in the world is (expletive). It’s actually the other way around: A 50-percent version of Floyd Mayweather came off the street and pounded one of the world’s best MMA fighters and hardly trained to do it. It says how much better Floyd is than McGregor.

Did Mayweather literally “not train for that fight” as his father stated? No, I don’t believe that.

But considering this was a case of one of boxing’s all-time greats welcoming an MMA fighter making his professional boxing debut, it’s easy to believe Mayweather took McGregor lightly. In fact, Mayweather basically proved it beforehand as we saw him eating Burger King close to the fight and indulging in his strip club in the middle of the night just days before, which he said he did every night of fight week.

Combine those actions with the words now coming from his camp, and you have to wonder if Mayweather ever viewed McGregor as a real threat.

In other words, easy money.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor breaks U.K. pay-per-view buys record with over 1 million

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor garnered over 1 million pay-per-view buys in the United Kingdom, Sky Sports confirmed to BoxingNewsOnline.net today.

The significance?

The over-1-million mark breaks the previous U.K. record set by the heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko in April of this year. It also blows away the number for the 2015 fight between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, which hauled in 700,000 buys.

A final number for the U.S. has yet to be revealed.

Though the $55.4 million live gate for “The Money Fight” between Mayweather and McGregor fell well short of the $72.2 million record set by Mayweather-Pacquiao, things continue to trend in the right direction on the pay-per-view side of things.

Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza told MMAjunkie last week Mayweather-McGregor was “trending” to break the 4.6 million record held by Mayweather-Pacquiao. This came just days after UFC President Dana White might have made a bold claim of an astounding 6.5 million buys.

Mayweather (50-0 boxing) defeated McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) by 10th-round TKO on Aug, 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Coach John Kavanagh doubts Conor McGregor defends UFC title before end of year

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Urgent text messages aside, John Kavanagh doesn’t expect to hear from Conor McGregor any time soon with the Irish champ in Ibiza, Spain, for a wedding.

After the whirlwind of attention that concluded with the potentially record-breaking “Money Fight” against Floyd Mayweather, the famed coach said it’s time to “switch off” and put off future plans.

In other words, Kavanagh doesn’t see McGregor fighting again soon.

“It’s probably a little late in the day to realistically expect another fight before the end of the year, because even after this hiatus is over, a lot goes into the planning and execution of a training camp at our level,” Kavanagh wrote in a guest column for Irish website The42.ie. “I find it hard to envisage another fight in 2017.”

If Kavanagh is having a hard time seeing one, others aren’t.

UFC President Dana White has expressed confidence McGregor will defend his lightweight title by the end of the year. He’s also said McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) could retire after the receipts get counted for his 10th round loss to Mayweather (50-0 boxing) on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena. The event is trending to break the all-time record for pay-per-view buys, according to Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza, so there’s potentially 100 million reasons McGregor might not come back.

Kavanagh isn’t floating that scenario – at least for now. It’s a question of when McGregor comes back, and not if. And when they are ready to gear up for training camp, the choice of opponent is already set in his mind.

“I’ve said for a long time that the Nate Diaz trilogy fight at lightweight is what I’d personally like to see next,” he wrote. “That still needs to be put to bed.”

Diaz (19-11 MMA,14-9 UFC) undoubtedly agrees. The ambassador of Stockton, Calif., got back on the offensive Tuesday with a scathing review of McGregor’s performance against Mayweather, his brother-in-arms after a some chummy telephone calls. Other opponents, like Tony Ferguson, don’t motivate Diaz to sign on the dotted line unless he gets his own red panty night.

On that, Diaz and Kavanagh can agree. The coach dismissed interim title challengers Ferguson (22-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) – who are scheduled to headline UFC 216 – as desirable opponents.

“To be completely honest, I didn’t actually know who Kevin was until very recently,” Kavanagh wrote. “Tony is a solid fighter, but he doesn’t have the kind of appeal that would get your blood racing, particularly in the context of coming from the excitement of the Nate Diaz rematch, the historical significance of beating Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden, and the novelty of facing the greatest boxer of his generation.”

So there’s Kavanagh’s two cents. He cautions his opinion on Diaz and a return, which is shared by McGregor’s manager, is just that – subject to change on short notice.

“Knowing Conor, I could get a text message tonight telling me otherwise,” he wrote. “He’s difficult to predict, which is one of the many reasons why he’s so fascinating.”

McGregor, at the moment, is busy enjoying the spoils of war. Even if they weren’t the spoils of the winning kind, they certainly leave him more options for the future.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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This PRIDE-tastic edit of Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor will give you nostalgia chills

It was only a matter of time until some intrepid video editor gave us the version of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor finish that we didn’t know we needed. That, of course, would be the version that brings together the pageantry of PRIDE Fighting Championships with the circus fight of the century, resulting in an ending that just feels right.

It should come as no surprise that Twitter’s @Grabaka_Hitman was the one to give us this PRIDE-tastic edit. In addition to seemingly watching every professional fight that happens anywhere in the world, he’s also known for spreading video and GIFs of the notable moments far and wide across social media.

What’s great about this clip is how real it feels. From the excitable Japanese announcers who need no interpreter to make their enthusiasm understood, to the iconic and immediate post-fight finish music, you come away with the sense that, yes, Mayweather-McGregor was a fight that really should have taken place in Japan’s PRIDE organization.

And just think how much Mayweather would have enjoyed marching around with that oversized check after his TKO victory while the sky rained confetti.

At some point, surely the day will come when longtime MMA fans no longer have this almost Pavlovian response to hearing that music at the end of a fight. But, speaking only for myself here, clearly today is not that day.

For complete coverage of “The Money Fight,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor official live gate totals $55 million, good for second-best of all time

It turns out the live gate for Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor was not the all-time record most figured it would be, but the numbers are still pretty astounding.

MMAjunkie today confirmed with the Nevada State Athletic Commission that the Aug. 26 pay-per-view event at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena drew an official gate of $55,414,865.79. Twitter user @jedigoodman first reported the figures Tuesday evening.

The official attendance of 13,231 included just 137 complimentary tickets and represented an average revenue of $4,188.26 per ticket issued.

All-time boxing great Mayweather (50-0 boxing) earned a 10th-round TKO over McGregor (21-3 MMA, 0-1 boxing) in the much-hyped superfight, which is still expected to set a record as the most-watched pay-per-view event of all time.

The all-time record for a live gate remains Mayweather’s May 2015 win over Manny Pacquiao, which earned nearly $72.2 million in ticket sales.

Mayweather, who retired after the win over McGregor, now owns the top four boxing gates in Nevada history – and six of the state’s top seven totals – according to NSAC records.

For complete coverage of “The Money Fight,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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