Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather land in top-10 'Most Retweeted' in sports for 2017

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor had only one fight this year, and although it took place in a boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather, “The Money Fight” was all McGregor needed to stay in the spotlight.

The hype around the Mayweather (50-0 boxing) vs. McGregor (21-3 MMA, 0-1 boxing) bout, which took place in August and saw “The Notorious” lose by TKO in Round 10, was a once-in-a-lifetime circus. The build was fueled with social media antics, and according to Twitter, those antics were among the most shared sports tweets of the year.

Twitter today released its sports awards, and in the “Most Retweeted Athlete Tweets” column, both McGregor and Mayweather landed in the middle portion of the top 10.

At No. 7, with a hair under 250,000 retweets, was McGregor’s fight announcement post from June 14. Obviously instead of Mayweather, he posted a picture of his father, Floyd Sr. (via Twitter):

Mayweather came in at No. 6 on the list with his post-fight victory tweet, which was shared more than 270,000 times. The undefeated boxing legend added another win to his legendary resume, and from his Las Vegas Strip Club “Girl Collection,” he sent a reminder of that at 3 a.m. (via Twitter):

The remainder of the entries on the list were not combat sports related. The No. 1 post went to NBA superstar LeBron James, who called President Donald Trump a “bum” for uninviting NBA champion Stephen Curry to a White House visit after Curry had already stated he had no intention of going (via Twitter):

McGregor’s name also appeared in the “Top Tweeted athlete handles” category. He came in No. 5 behind No. 1 Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer), No. 2 James (basketball), No. 4 Neymar (soccer) and Colin Kaepernick (football).

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Judge orders Mayweather-McGregor lawsuit to arbitration

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A fan who sued Showtime over technical difficulties concerning “The Money Fight” is stuck in the fine print.

A federal judge has ordered to arbitration a class-action lawsuit over the Aug. 26 boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, granting a motion filed by Showtime. The premium cable channel was hit with multiple class-action lawsuits because of the event, which encountered widespread delays and outages due to high demand.

Denise Cote, a U.S. District Judge in the Southern District of New York, argued the plaintiff, Victor Mallh, agreed to resolve disputes outside the courtroom when he agreed to Showtime’s terms of service before buying the event, which cost $99.95 to purchase in high definition via online and broadcast pay-per-view. Cote was unconvinced by claims from Mallh’s attorneys that Showtime didn’t properly notify fans of their rights.

“Because notice of the arbitration clause and class-action waiver was reasonably conspicuous and Mallh unambiguously manifested assent, Showtime’s motion to compel arbitration is granted,” she wrote.

Mallh is one of several fight fans suing Showtime, claiming the network promoted and made money from the event despite delivering a faulty product. One suit named UFC corporate parent Zuffa and William Morris Endeavor (WME) as co-defendants. Several suits claim the class-action damages are in excess of $75,000 and “the amount in controversy” is over $5 million.

Shortly after the first suit was filed, Showtime told MMAjunkie it had received a “a very limited number of complaints” and offered a refund to any of its customers who’d couldn’t watch the event. UFC President Dana White also promised refunds to those who purchased the event on UFC Fight Pass and ran into trouble as the online digital network was overwhelmed by traffic.

White later claimed the spectacle showdown between UFC lightweight champ McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) and boxing king Mayweather (50-0 boxing) set a record for the most lucrative pay-per-view event in history, drawing 6.7 million worldwide buys to beat Mayweather’s “Fight of the Century” against Manny Pacquiao.

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

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White now claims Mayweather-McGregor did 6.7 million PPV buys; Showtime still mum

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The numbers keep going up on “The Money Fight.”

The boxing spectacle showdown between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather drew 6.7 million pay-per-view buys around the world, smashing the record set by Mayweather’s “Fight of the Century” in 2015 against Manny Pacquiao, UFC President Dana White told The Wall Street Journal’s “The Unnamed Podvideocast” (via Youtube).

That puts the overall TV revenue generated for the fight somewhere between $602,665,000 – the number if every buyer purchased a standard-definition broadcast at $89.95, which would be a highly unlikely scenario – and $669,665,000 if everyone paid $99.95 for the high-definition feed.

“We broke the record in Australia,” White said. “We broke the record in the U.K. at 4 in the morning, broke the record in Spain, Canada and the United States.”

Two months ago, White indicated the Aug. 26 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas had done 6.5 million PPV buys. But that was one week after the event; there was still money to be counted, apparently.

The event’s broadcaster, Showtime Networks, is so far on the record with a much more conservative estimate of domestic earnings. Stephen Espinoza, the premium cable network’s executive vice president and general manager, said the fight drew around 4.5 million buys, with a 10-15 percent bump possible for the final numbers.

Since then, Showtime hasn’t chimed in on multiple reports on the final number, or White’s previous claim. The premium cabel channel currently is trying to arbitrate multiple class-action lawsuits over a widespread outage of the event’s feed. MMAjunkie’s request for comment today went unanswered.

Even with all the technical difficulties encountered on fight night, White said the buzz surrounding the combat-sports blockbuster helped it break several records – even a few the promoters didn’t want to set.

“(It was the) most pirated fight of all time,” White said with a laugh. “(On) social media, it was the most talked about (event). It was the highest bet fight ever in the history of Las Vegas. Highest bet sporting event. Bigger than the Super Bowl.”

White noted the UFC polices PPV piracy, though he didn’t specify whether “The Money Fight” would spur a new wave of lawsuits directed at those who illegally viewed the event.

In any case, what started out as a social media squabble between Mayweather and McGregor turned into something bigger than anyone imagined.

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

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Jim Lampley says 'scam' artist Floyd Mayweather threw rounds to Conor McGregor

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Floyd Mayweather is a “scam” artist who threw rounds to Conor McGregor to set up another potential lucrative payday.

That’s the claim from veteran MMA commentator and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Jim Lampley, anyway. He called it all a “marvelous scam.”

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

McGregor, who made his pro-boxing debut at the mega-fight, won the first round on all three judges’ cards, and one judge actually gave him the first three rounds. Mayweather, though, quickly took over and largely cruised before he got the 10th-round stoppage.

Lampley, who’s been an HBO boxing commentator for nearly three decades, suggested Mayweather won’t stay retired after the McGregor fight, which aired on Showtime PPV and earned the undefeated boxer a reported $150 million – and possibly up to a third of a billion dollars.

“Why should he retire? He created a marvelous scam with this whole thing,” Lampley told TMZ.com. “He allowed Conor to quote ‘win’ three rounds so that the whole global MMA wish community could have something to latch on to. I think there’s a decent chance there’s enough suckers out there Floyd could maybe make another $150 million. Why not? It’s all a set up.”

Lampley suggested a McGregor rematch is likely, especially since Mayweather is again posting training videos on social media.

“Are we having a bet on whether or not Floyd Mayweather wants to make another $150 million? It’s not a bet,” Lampley said. “Why else is he putting out videos of himself working out? Why else did he allow Conor McGregor to ‘win’ three rounds? Why did the whole thing last 10 rounds? It’s all a set up.”

Despite Lampley’s suggestion that Mayweather-McGregor 2 is likely, UFC President Dana White recently suggested that fight – as well as a rubber match with Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) – is on the back burner and that a unification bout with recently crowned interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC) is likely next for McGregor.

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

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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.

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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.

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Floyd Mayweather says he didn't knock out Conor McGregor to protect him from brain damage

Conor McGregor was taking a beating and basically on his way to being dropped – if not knocked out cold – by Floyd Mayweather last month. If not for referee Robert Byrd stepping in to save McGregor early in the 10th round, chances are the UFC lightweight champion was going to hit the canvas.

Mayweather (50-0 boxing) is happy it didn’t come to that and explained why he didn’t inflict more damage on McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) in a recent episode of the “Hollywood Unblocked” podcast.

“He has a career. You know, he still has a career. He’s still young,” Mayweather said. … (It could’ve been) very damaging. We have to think about these fighters. Even, like, my uncle Roger. Right now, I just got a call just before I came here. He keeps walking off, wandering off. No one can find him. He ends up in a hospital. So, brain damage – it happens. It happens.”

That’s either intriguing, thoughtful insight into the mindset of a prize fighter while he batters his opponent, or it’s just a humblebrag. Why could it be the latter?

Because moments later, as the host mentioned he was surprised McGregor “did better than what I thought he was going to do,” Mayweather interrupted to respond – and also confirm that he barely trained for the fight.

“OK, hold on. It’s a catch 22,” Mayweather said. “If I blew him out in the first round, they would have something to say. If we let the fight go on a little longer than expect, they’re going to have something to say. So it’s like, damned if I do, damned if I don’t. If I let it go the distance, they’re going to say something.

“Once again, we’re praising him. We’re not praising me. We’re praising him. Because I’m 40 years old, retired for two years. He’s 28, he’s active. I’m inactive. He’s taller, he’s bigger. Hey may not be stronger. He has a longer reach. He’s taller. He’s bigger. He’s younger. Youth is on his side. I’m just saying, everything on paper links on him. For me to come and be off, and really only train totally, probably three weeks .. and (I was) out every night partying.”

See what I mean? Whatever the case, the fight played out pretty much as expected, and everyone should be pleased with the outcome.

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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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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.

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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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