By week’s end, millions of Americans will have quit what they’re doing to watch an event that drowns out the sun—we’re talking about Mayweather vs. McGregor on Saturday night, of course. Whether you’re looking at pay-per-view sales, million-dollar wages, the size of the purse, or the influx of extra dancers to staff Las Vegas’ packed strip clubs, the fight is gargantuan in every regard. We’ve got the figures to put it all into perspective, and maybe make you feel a bit better about shelling out $100 to watch it yourself.
9 p.m. ET, 8/26: The time and date these two will touch gloves for their long-awaited bout.
90 percent: Portion of bets taken on McGregor, which is why sports books still need Mayweather to win, according to the Las Vegas Courier Journal. But, 76 percent of the money for all bets is on Mayweather.
$1.2 million: The largest wager placed on the fight—someone at William Hill Nevada sportsbook put it all on Mayweather.
2/9: The current betting odds for a Mayweather win.
5/1: The current betting odds that McGregor will get DQ’d for an illegal MMA move.
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21-3: That’s McGregor’s MMA record. Mayweather, at 49-0, came out of retirement to fight McGregor and prove he’s the greatest ever.
$1 million: The price to slap your logo on Mayweather’s walk-out robe; also the price for sponsoring his weigh-in trunks and victory cap.
74 inches: McGregor’s reach—he’ll need it to connect with Mayweather, who’s evaded 81 percent of opponent’s punches in his last 40 fights. In the same time period, Mayweather’s landed 43 percent of his swings.
(See what ringside doctors are saying about McGregor’s chances of survival.)
$80 million: The projected live ticket sales at T-Mobile Arena—although the venue may not even sell out.
$80,200: The most expensive ticket available on StubHub, for ringside seats.
2 or 3: The multiple by which Las Vegas gentlemen's club Crazy Horse 3 expects to increase the number of dancers for fight night—that means doubling or tripling the 200 to 300 dancers already working a normal Saturday night, says Director of Brand Marketing Lindsay Feldman.
$300 million: The projected purse for the bout, as pay-per-view sales are projected to total $700 million.
70-30: The rumored split for the fight, in Mayweather’s favor.