MayMac Nearly Reach The Top: Highest Boxing Gates In History

Harry Kettle

Now that the self-billed super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor is over, both boxing and mixed martial arts can resume their usual duties. However, given that they were hyping the bout up to be the most lucrative in combat sports history it’s interesting to note that they didn’t quite follow through with that promise.

Despite many believing that MayMac would easily pass the record total for both buys and the gate figure, they ended up falling short – and by quite a hefty margin, too.

They still made a bucket load of money and it can probably be considered a success in the grand scheme of things, but Floyd, his team, Conor and Dana may well look at this list and think ‘what could’ve been’. Of course, they won’t even know it exists, but you get the sentiment.

9) Holyfield vs. Tyson II – $14.2million

It makes sense to see Mike Tyson appear on this list, and yet bizarrely enough it’s his only entry. The baddest man on the planet came into this bout looking for retribution, but he came out of it looking like a monster after biting off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round.

8) Pacquiao vs. De La Hoya – $14.3million

Oscar De La Hoya was well past his best in late 2008 when he took on Manny Pacquiao, and pretty much everyone knew it. Still, thousands of people funnelled into the MGM Grand in order to see who would come out on top – with Manny walking away with an 8th round TKO win.

7) Mayweather vs. Maidana II – $14.8million

Following the success of the first fight, Floyd Mayweather knew that engaging in a rematch against Marcos Maidana was best for business. Following a close encounter in their first tussle, the majority of people were expecting Floyd to figure Marcos out early the second time round. And they were right.

6) Mayweather vs. Maidana – $15million

The aforementioned first fight between Mayweather and Maidana surprised a lot of fans and media members alike, with the latter coming closer to beating Floyd than anyone could’ve anticipated. In the end, Pretty Boy Floyd picked up a majority decision win, but he had to work for it.

5) Lewis vs. Holyfield II – $16.8million

There’s an argument to be made that Lennox Lewis is one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all-time, and there are few who would actually dispute that. A lot of fans wanted reassurance, though, and they got it when Lewis defeated the great Evander Holyfield.

4) Mayweather vs. De La Hoya – $18.4million

The bad blood between Floyd and Oscar had raged on for quite some time before the two went to war back in 2007, and things didn’t get much easier after Mayweather defeated De La Hoya via split decision. At least Oscar continues to make millions as a promoter, though.

3) Mayweather vs. Canelo – $20million

Canelo Alvarez was, by all accounts, considered to be Mayweather’s toughest test to date when the two stepped inside the squared circle back in 2013. Unfortunately for Canelo it was all a bit too much for the youngster, with Floyd completely outclassing his opponent in almost every way.

2) Mayweather vs. McGregor – $55.4million

They called it ‘The Money Fight’ and to be honest, it just about managed to live up to expectations. Sure it wasn’t perfect from a technical standpoint, but Floyd did what he said he would and finished The Notorious One in what may well prove to be the final fight of his illustrious career.

1) Mayweather vs. Pacquiao – $72million

We round things off with the obvious number one – Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao. It was a fight that probably should’ve gone down a few years prior to when it actually did, and the match-up itself didn’t live up to the hype, but you can’t say people weren’t invested.

Given that Floyd Mayweather appears in all but two of these entries it probably won’t affect his ego in a big way, but on the opposite end of the scale, it ensures that all the pre-fight proclamations didn’t really mean that much.

Still, it was one hell of a spectacle and these guys deserve some kind of recognition for their showmanship. A fake money belt, perhaps?

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