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Conor ‘The Notorious’ McGregor may have lost the biggest boxing fight ever to Floyd Mayweather, but his foray into boxing has registered a record breaking number of pay-per-view (PPV) buys if MMA artist Urijah Faber's Instagram story is to be believed. While speaking on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, Faber can be overheard talking to the UFC president who reveals that the sales reached a whopping 6.5 million.
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Touted as the biggest crossover fight of the millennium, McGregor looked sharp and confident in the first few rounds but Mayweather came roaring back to finish with a flurry.
The Mystic Mac started out aggressively and gave the American a fair bit of trouble in the opening rounds. However, as McGregor began to tire out, Mayweather seized on the opportunity and connected with a flurry of punches. The Michigan native sealed a TKO victory in round 10 to take his record to 50-0.
The heart of the matter
Billed as the biggest and richest fight in history given the astronomical sums of money involved, the bout certainly lived up to the hype. The 6.5 million buy-rate blows the 2015 meeting between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao out of the water by nearly 2 million.
The fight also broke the all-time gate record, taking in $US80 million, despite there being at least 5,000 empty seats in Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena.
Conor McGregor will be out of action for two months after receiving a medical suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission following his loss to Mayweather.
The Irishman is prohibited from either boxing or MMA until October 26 and no physical contact will be allowed until October 11. He will have to undertake a medical exam at the end of the duration of the suspension before being allowed to compete.
You might want to pinch yourself as the numbers are too good to be true. Although it will be a tough pill to swallow, the sky-high figures highlight the economic importance of such fights and just how much money they bring in.
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