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Despite the reported millions of illegal steams, Mayweather vs. McGregor makes PPV history.

Not exactly sure if UFC President Dana White knew he was being recorded. but during the final episode the Tuesday Night Contender Series, co-host and UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber leaked the announcement via social media. If you caught a glimpse of Faber’s Instagram story, you heard White telling Faber that the pay-per-view did an astounding 6.5 million buys.

That is almost 2 million buys more than the previous record held by Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

Leading up to Saturday night’s mega-fight, Showtime Executives were skeptical if the fight would beat the previous record.

Top 10 Highest Grossing Boxing PPV Fights

According to, the rankings are as follows:

1 Mayweather vs Pacquiao (May 2015) 4,600,000 $410 million
2 Mayweather vs Canelo Alvarez (September 2013) 2,200,000 $150 million
3 Mayweather vs Oscar De La Hoya (May 2007) 2,480,000 $136 million
4 Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield II (June 1997) 1,990,000 $100.2 million
5 Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis (June 2002) 1,950,000 $112 million
6 Mike Tyson vs Evander Holyfield I (November 1996) 1,590,000 $77.9 million
7 Mike Tyson vs Peter McNeeley (August 1995) 1,550,000 $96 million
8 Mayweather vs Shane Mosely (May 2010) 1,400,000 $94 million
9 Oscar De La Hoya vs Felix Trinidad (September 1999) 1,400,000 $64 million
10 Evander Holyfield vs George Foreman (April 1991) 1,400,000 $80 million
11 Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez III (November 2011) 1,250,000 $75 million

The record-breaking announcement as not been officially made by Showtime Boxing or the UFC at time of posting.

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Kristine is a Managing Editor for as well as UFC/MMA Lead Writer. She also hosts a column known as Fighting Words.


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