The Numbers Behind The Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor Ticket Market

(UPDATE 8/12/17) Approximately 2 weeks out from Mayweather/McGregor, there's still over 2,000 tickets available on the secondary market. The current average asking price is $5,301 with the cheapest available ticket clocking in at $2,038.

Looking back at Mayweather/Pacquiao at the same time frame, there was just 90 tickets available with an average price of $5,268 and cheapest ticket available of $4,148.

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(UPDATE 8/7/17) Over the last 40 years, boxing has had peaks of popularity, usually driven by big fights, like the “Thrilla in Manilla” between Ali and Frazier or “The Bite Fight”, in which Mike Tyson removed a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear. Between those peaks, though, the most meaningful measure of the sports popularity may be the $675 million that the Rocky franchise has grossed domestically since opening in 1976.

To put that number into content, Rocky is the 22nd highest grossing movie franchise ever, and one of the only a handful that’s not animated or about a Superhero.  As impressive as that number is, between tickets, flights, hotels, and pay per view, this single fight is expected to bring in a direct take of over $600 million, of which tickets are one of the smallest pieces.

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Of all the Rocky movies, Rocky III came closest to Mayweather-McGregor.  In the 1982 movie, Balboa faces off against Hulk Hogan, playing Wrestling champion Thunderlips. In many ways, Thunderlips versus Balboa comes closest to how many hope the August 26th might unfold. In the fight, Balboa is comically overmatched, and eventually gets thrown over ropes, only to rip off his gloves, get back in the ring, and choke out Thunderlips, riding piggyback.   While the boundaries between boxing and wrestling completely collapsed in that 1982 cinematic super fight, the plan for Mayweather Vs. McGregor is to stick to traditional boxing rules. Whether the underdog McGregor follows those rules, though, is certainly part of the intrigue.

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(7/25/17)

Here's the latest information on the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Conor McGregor ticket market following Monday's on-sale.

  • Face value of tickets range from $500-$10,000 and went on-sale Monday July 24. However, secondary market tickets are seeing up to a 400% premium on face value and currently range from $2,145-$20,000. POST ON-SALE:After Monday's on-sale there was an increase of about 7% (36 tickets) listed on the secondary market, bringing the current total to about 500 listed on the secondary market. The 500 tickets available is just 2.5% of T-Mobile Arena's capacity, so secondary prices aren't likely to drop significantly between now and the fight.
     

    Average price actually rose from $6,256 on Monday morning to $7,190 (15%) by Monday evening, but the cheapest seat fell from $2,500 to $2,145 (-14%) in the same time frame.

  • The PPV Price is $89.95 for SD or $99.95 for HD. Most experts see this reaching similar buy-rate numbers to Mayweather/Pacquiao (4 million+ buys)
Here's a chart showing Average Price & Get-in Price on the secondary market for each of  Mayweather & McGregor's main event PPV fights since 2013. The current average price is well above all other events including being 49% above Mayweathr/Pacquiao. However, that bout has  Mayweather/McGregor beat on "get-in price" by over $1,500. It should be noted the inventory of tickets on the secondary market was about 41% less (300 for  Mayweather/Pacquiao and 509 currently available for  Mayweather/McGregor).

 

 

DATE EVENT AVG PRICE GET-IN
5/4/13 Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Robert Guerrero $1,014 $200
9/14/13 Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Canelo Alvarez $2,887 $1,187
5/3/14 Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana $1,385 $359
9/13/14 Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Marcos Maidana II $1,403 $376
5/2/15 Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao $4,830 $3,670
7/11/15 UFC 189: Chad Mendes vs. Conor McGregor $829 $326
9/12/15 Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Andre Berto $1,156 $248
12/12/15 UFC 194: Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor $978 $419
3/5/16 UFC 196: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz $746 $240
8/20/16 UFC 202: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz II $705 $263
11/12/16 UFC 205: Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor $2,101 $632
8/26/17 Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. $7,201 $2,145

 

  • This is by far the most expensive combat sports event we've tracked in terms of average price.
  • Average price for Mayweather/Pacquiao at the same time range (approx. 5 weeks out) was $5,312. So tickets dropped on average 9% leading up to the fight.
Some other notes:
  • According to Priceline.com, a Vegas 4-Star hotel on the night of the fight will cost a minimum of $135. By comparison, rates are as low as $68 the Saturday beforehand (Aug 19), marking a 98% premium on hotels during fight weekend. Priceline also reports seeing up to 8x search volume in flights to Las Vegas for the weekend of August 26th. Below is a list of "All-In" pricing from the 5 cities seeing the most searches on flights.
    FLIGHT FROM FLIGHT COST 4-STAR HOTEL FIGHT TICKET (CHEAPEST) ALL-IN
    Dallas $236 $135 $2,145 $2,516
    Los Angeles $92 $135 $2,145 $2,372
    New York City (Express Deal) $413 $135 $2,145 $2,693
    Chicago $247 $135 $2,145 $2,527
    Miami $217 $135 $2,145 $2,497

     

     

     

     

  • The undercard is currently scheduled to consist of only boxing matches, no MMA.
  • McGregor is the more active of the two on Social Media, and has over 26 million followers between Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Mayweather's social media accounts are more geared towards his line of products, yet he eclipses McGregor by over 10 million followers across the same social platforms.
  • Both McGregor & Mayweather are WWE fans and WWE officials are trying to secure one or both to make an appearance on an episode on WWE Raw in the weeks leading up to the fight. Fun Fact: Floyd Mayweather competed in a semi-main event match at Wrestlemania 24 defeating "The Big Show" Paul Wight by knockout. Wight is billed as 7 feet tall and 383 pounds.
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