Report states almost 3 million saw Mayweather-McGregor fight for free

August 29, 2017

According to a report from a digital platform security company, almost 3 million people watched the Floyd Mayweather-Connor McGregor fight illegally.

Irdeto, a digital watchdog with global headquarters in the Netherlands but with U.S. offices noted that there were 239 illegal streams of the fight watched by approximately 2,930,598 people.  165 of those were made available through social media channels such as Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and Twitch.  67 were available through illegal streaming sites.  Kodi had six available as an add-on through the illegal streaming platform.

The report claims that due to clever marketing, consumers may have been fooled into choosing an illegal service over a legitimate service.  This is due to advertisements on e-commerce websites including, eBay and Alibaba.  However, a survey reflects that 52% of the consumers around the world knowingly watch pirated video content.

On Saturday, finding an illegal stream was easy.

Payout Perspective:

 While Showtime made proactive efforts to curb piracy, it could only do so much.  Notably, social media channels had the most available illegal streams which makes it hard for the IP holder to go after individuals that show the content for free.  The huge demand also made it a challenge to stop pirates.  But, with nearly 3 million watching the fight for free Showtime can feasibly say they have lost out on significant revenue.

4 Responses to “Report states almost 3 million saw Mayweather-McGregor fight for free”

  1. mmaguru on August 29th, 2017 11:27 AM

    You know, all this negative press for something that was good for both sports. This is the problem with a lot of MMA sites these days, always looking for the negative.

    This fight broke the attendance revenue record at 80 million dollars +
    This fight will break the real PPV record and easily surpass the true ppv buyrate for Paq/Mayweather.
    This fight will break all revenue records, and could become the first Billion dollar fight when all revenue streams are accounted for

    Its damn easy to sit behind a keyboard and post garbage articles like the ones I’ve been reading on this site over the last few years. Where the heck is Adam? Please purge this site of this type of fake news articles and get back to the numbers and business of MMA.

  2. Anti Trolls on August 29th, 2017 12:18 PM

    Dude did someone pee on your feet?

  3. Diego on August 30th, 2017 5:13 AM

    Ouch. Though I doubt most of those folks would have paid the PPV fee anyway.

    guru – how is this a fake article? Are you saying this didn’t happen?

  4. d on August 30th, 2017 9:09 PM

    I second Diego, how is this a fake article? They are reporting something that is significant to the financial topic at hand.

    They aren’t denying the numbers were massive.

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