Conor McGregor’s so-called ‘money fight’ with Floyd Mayweather made a jaw-dropping $600m(€510m) in revenue – but incredibly did not break the PPV record.
Broadcaster Showtime confirmed the figures for the much-hyped August bout, and revealed that the fight was bought by 4.3million in North America.
But while the figure did break the UK Pay-Per-View record, that north American figure was ultimately 300,000 less than Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Meanwhile, Mayweather sparked speculation of a UFC fight with McGregor earlier this week.
In a taunt directed at the MMA star, the 40 year-old said: “You already know I’m a money-getting motherf**ker. I’m Money May.
“They just called me not too long ago and asked me to come back. I can come right back to the UFC.
“If I want, I can go, I can come right back to the UFC, I can go fight in the Octagon.
“I can do a three or four fight deal in the Octagon and make a billion dollars. Remember, I’m Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, and you motherf**kers love me, and I love you motherf**kers.”
The fight, if it were to take place, would be just one of a number of potential options for McGregor in 2018.
Last week, Manny Pacquiao revealed he held preliminary talks with McGregor about a potential bout.
When asked about holding talks with the Crumlin native, Pacquiao said: “Initially but we have not yet had any follow-up conversations.
“If we can negotiate it, I have no problem. It is OK with both of us.”
Pacquiao, who is now a senator in his native Phillippines, says his next fight must take place during the Senate recess and that McGregor is just one of a number of options.
He added: “It depends who they can finalise as my opponent by April.”
Last month, UFC President Dana White also claimed McGregor might never fight again.
He said: “Listen, Conor might never fight again.
“He made $100 [expletive] million. I’ve got guys who made less than that who are lawyers and went to school their whole lives and quit working.
“When you go to school your whole life to be a lawyer, and you’re a good lawyer, and you make a few bucks and you’re done?
“The guy’s sitting home every day watching cartoons or whatever he’s doing. I don’t know.
“[Ex-UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva doesn’t work any more. These guys make money and that’s it.
“Fighting is the worst. Fighting is the worst. Try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you have $100 million in the bank.
“Money changes everything with a lot of people.”