Dana White reveals McGregor versus Mayweather smashed pay-per-view records
In the end, Conor McGregor's improbable fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. finished exactly as most anticipated it would.
The Irishman fought valiantly for 10 rounds, but had visibly tired when Mayweather finally put him away for good, an outcome that will not have surprised many onlookers. Of course, in a year of surprises, many had been enticed into buying The Money Fight largely due to the tantalising possibility that McGregor would land a miracle blow on Mayweather and knock him out.
That many of the best boxers of this generation including Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez had failed to do so might have been a clue that McGregor, on his professional boxing debut, would struggle to succeed where they had failed, but regardless, the fight whipped fans into a veritable frenzy.
In reality, though, there was no real loser in this bout. Floyd Mayweather kept his untainted record intact, moving to 50-0, and Conor McGregor increased his cache and a marketable athlete exponentially. Oh, and both men made an astonishing amount of money, which, after all, was the whole point of the fight.
The bout was widely expected to equal, or possibly even better, the incredible pay-per-view numbers that Floyd Mayweather's "Fight of the Century" against Manny Pacquiao accrued, and if comments reportedly made by Dana White are to be believed, McGregor and Mayweather have surpassed those numbers.
Dana White has apparently let slip that the pair accrued a ridiculous 6.5 million pay-per-view watchers, a number that, if correct, would shatter records and result in a ludicrous amount of money for both fighters.
The comments were uploaded onto Instagram by Mike Dyce of Sports Illustrated, and if White's inside information turns out to be correct, Mayweather and McGregor would have eclipsed the dizzy heights that Mayweather climbed to with Pacquiao by a million.
However, it seems that some fans who bought the fight were left frustrated on Saturday night after technical issues led to them being unable to actually watch it. Maxim reports that a group of fans have resolved to sue Showtime over their inability to watch the bout, while the UFC has released a statement to its own fans that reads;
"We always try to put on the biggest and most exciting fights. We want our fans to have the best experience when watching our events. Unfortunately, we didn't deliver the way we wanted on Saturday because of NeuLion's technical issues on UFC.TV. As usual, we always take care of our fans and will fix this. We have started processing refunds immediately for anyone that could not access the fight after purchase."
McGregor, meanwhile, released an emotional statement on his Instagram page, having reflected on the fight. He paid homage to Floyd Mayweather's skills in the ring, and thanked his fans for their amazing support in the build up to the mega fight. A return to the UFC seems likely for the Irishman for his next bout, which could be a triology fight against Nate Diaz.