We knew the hype and money for Mayweather vs. McGregor was going to be big, but we didn’t have the context for just what that meant. Now we have an idea, and it’s staggering. Here are some facts about the combined $130M purse for the main event you might have missed.
The rest of the card combined made just 1.42 percent of what Mayweather and McGregor did.
On Friday the Nevada State Athletic Commission released numbers on what each of the 16 fighters on the card would make on Saturday night.
— Marcus Vanderberg (@marcowill) August 26, 2017
If you total the purses from the other seven fights it amounts to $1.85M. On a normal night this would be fine, but with Mayweather and McGregor’s fight they made just 1.42 percent of what the total card brought in.
Conor McGregor made more in 36 minutes than he did his entire UFC career.
It took McGregor seven fights before he earned $1 million for a fight, let alone $30 million.
A common question before the fight people asked was “why would Conor agree to a fight knowing he would probably lose?” Because this was a unique, once-in-a-lifetime payday for a fighter who never had a chance at this kind of money.
Whipped this up for you. McGregors payout as reported to state ACs, McGregors estimated payout (not reported), & total payout for 10 fights. pic.twitter.com/qJU4C5nP2i
— Suzanne Davis (@SoozieCuzie) August 26, 2017
Those fighters who made 1.42 percent of the purse? They had a combined 245 fights.
McGregor made his debut and earned 16 times what they all did combined. This from a fighter who had never stepped into a boxing ring for a bout before Saturday night.
Not bad work if you can get it.