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How much money will the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor fight make?

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Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. face off during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour event at SSE Arena on July 14, 2017 in London - Zuffa LLC

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will finally face each other in the ring tonight after a build-up dominated by a foul-mouthed promotional tour.

The pair were slinging at times reprehensible barbs at one another during their four-date tour, which included a show in front of thousands of fans at the Wembley Arena in London.

The undefeated American Mayweather and the UFC lightweight champ McGregor of Ireland traded many of the same crude jibes used at previous events in Los Angeles, Toronto and New York.

After a four-day war of words, the focus now switches to the fight itself.

Mayweather vs McGregor grid

With Mayweather the overwhelming favourite to bout, many of the questions surrounding the event involve how much money will be made. 

Here we attempt to break down the possible earnings from the fight:

Pay Per View revenues

The bulk of what the fight will make, money-wise, will come through pay-per-view television. US viewers will be charged $99 (£76) to watch in high definition, a similar figure to the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight of 2015, while those watching in standard definition will pay $10 less.

Mayweather-Pacquiao generated around $400million in TV revenue Credit: AP

More than four million purchases were made for Mayweather's win over Pacquiao, bringing in nearly $400million in revenue. If Mayweather and McGregor can attract nearly as much interest, the figure will be similar this time around.

A UK broadcaster has not been signed up yet and negotiations are ongoing, but additional money will come from international rights sales.

Ticket sales

The August 26 fight is being held in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, a venue with a capacity of around 20,000. The easiest comparison, again, is with the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight two years ago, where $70million was generated in ticket sales. But that was held at the MGM Grand, which has a slightly smaller capacity, so there is a possibility that receipts from Mayweather-McGregor could top this fight.

The T-Mobile Arena holds 20,000 people Credit:  Barcroft Media


Still lucrative, but not on PPV scale, is sponsorship and merchandise. According to ESPN, pre-fight estimates for Mayweather-Pacquiao put sponsorship at around €13million, with beer company Tecate spending around $5.6million. Merchandise totalled around $1million.

Our boxing correspondent Gareth A Davies exclusively revealed the amount of sponsorship money Floyd Mayweather is expected to make on his attire alone - an incredible £20million.

Graphic: Where the money goes in Mayweather's ringwear deal


Clearly the figure is only an estimate ahead of the fight. We will only get a clearer idea on how much was made afterwards. However, based on the past, a figure of $500million is not out of the question.

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