Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor hype didn't translate into big crowd in Vegas


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Months of hype resulted in a 10th round TKO as Floyd Mayweather improved to 50-0 after defeating Conor McGregor.
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LAS VEGAS — The lavish media attention and the expected huge number of pay-per-view buys for Floyd Mayweather v. Conor McGregor did not translate directly translate into ticket sales on Saturday night.

The reported crowd at T-Mobile Arena for Mayweather’s 10-round technical knockout victory over the Ultimate Fighting Championship title holder was 14,623, more than 6,000 shy of the audience for the last major boxing event in the same building.

That was when Saul “Canelo” Alvarez defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in May, although those seats were priced much cheaper than those for Saturday, which reached as high as $10,000 for ringside views.

When Alvarez fights Gennady “GGG” Golovkin next month, more than 20,000 are expected again.

“I wouldn’t say that,” Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe said, when asked if the turnout was a disappointment. “Sometimes it is all about delivery. It was a great event with a wonderful turnout. We don’t always get it right. We get it right more often than not, though.”

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Mayweather later claimed that the live gate would exceed the $72 million generated when Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao in 2015, although Ellerbe was unsure if that would be the case.

“We are in good shape,” Ellerbe added. “I am confident we are in good shape. I am not confident to talk about that … until next week when we get all the numbers. I am pretty sure we are right there.”

When quizzed as to why there were two large sections that did not contain any fans, Ellerbe responded sarcastically.

“I guess because people weren’t in the seats,” he said.

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