Report: Mayweather vs. McGregor Would Eclipse $600 Million
If it pushes through, the showdown between undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC superstar Conor McGregor will rake in around $600 million in revenue.
According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, the Mayweather-McGregor clash can match or surpass the $623.5 million revenue achieved when Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao.
Rovell estimated that the Mayweather-McGregor fight has a bottom line number of $606.1 million. Earnings will come from ticket sales, pay-per-view sales, sponsorship sales, merchandise sales and legal Nevada betting.
Mayweather will be the overwhelming favorite if the straight-up boxing fight materializes, according to Wynn sportsbook director John Avello.
"First of all, you'd have to lay a bunch of money on Mayweather to even win a little," Avello explained. "Second, bettors would have to be tentative on the crossover for both fighters especially of McGregor straight up boxing. And lastly, it's just not for any title. That's important."
Both McGregor and Mayweather are expected to earn around $100 million each if the fight happens.
Boxing Scene reported that McGregor has already signed a contract to face Mayweather in a boxing match. In addition, McGregor was issued a license to box in California.
Mayweather, for his part, hinted that he may end his retirement to fight McGregor. Mayweather, who last fought in September 2015, is aiming to keep his 49-0 record clean.
Earlier, Pacquiao expressed willingness to fight McGregor if Mayweather declines, according to his promoter, Bob Arum.
Arum told TMZ Sports that Pacquiao, who holds the WBO welterweight belt, is ready to take on McGregor after his July 1 fight against Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane. Pacquiao is currently training for his fight against Horn.
"Pacquiao has a really tough fight in Australia with this guy Jeff Horn," said Arum. "After that fight, on July 1st in the United States, if McGregor is still looking for an opponent, Manny Pacquiao is there."
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