The smart money in tonight’s Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight is on Mayweather. It’s also on it being one of the biggest pay-per-events ever — and, according to some prognosticators, the biggest. That’s due to a number of reasons, most of which have little to do with boxing.
For one, May/Mac is more spectacle than sparring contest. McGregor isn’t a boxer but an MMA fighter whose larger-than-life persona is straight out of WWE. Loud, brash, and charismatic, he’s the kind of fighter fans love to hate. Mayweather, meanwhile, is undefeated at 49-0 and far from the world’s showiest pugilist; he often wins via points rather than knockout. That, coupled with his personal scandals — chief among them a number of domestic-violence incidents — have many, many fans eager to see him end his career by finally getting that L.
According to CBS Sports, the fight is currently second all time in StubHub sales, surpassed only by Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao two years ago. The average ticket price is $3,521 to that bout’s $4,456, but it’s possible that May/Mac will have the record by the time Sunday morning rolls around.
In other words, neither one of them is walking out of Las Vegas a loser — McGregor is expected to make at least $75 million for one night’s work, while Mayweather could make several times that.