Mayweather-McGregor second-best PPV event
The showpiece fight between Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor earlier this year attracted the second-highest amount of pay-per-view buys ever in USA and Canada.
The fight, which was won by multiple boxing world champion Mayweather in the 10th round, brought in 4.3 million PPV purchases, according to Showtime, the US television network which aired the event.
The figures include Showtime’s television coverage, PPV app and website, as well as UFC.TV, the mixed martial arts promoter’s streaming platform, in USA and Canada.
The total is just behind the US record of 4.5 million pay-per-view buys, which was set for the 'Fight of the Century' between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in 2015.
That tally comfortably beat the previous record of 2.48 million buys for Mayweather’s clash with Oscar de la Hoya in 2007.
The Mayweather-Pacquiao clash generated at least $400 million in US PPV turnover, and worldwide revenue exceeded $500 million.
Showtime faced some technical difficulties with its streaming coverage of the Mayweather-McGregor fight. Some customers complained that the $99 high-definition, live-stream feed was unstable and of poor quality.
It is estimated that around 3 million people illegally streamed the fight.
According to Irdeto, a digital platform security company, 239 illegal streams were watched by around 2,930,598 people.
About 165 illicit streams were made available through social media site Facebook and video platforms YouTube, Periscope and Twitch.
‘Kodi’, the popular set-top box which provides access to illegal content, had six streams available to access.