Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are the self-proclaimed kings of the fighting game – but Tyson Fury could blow them when he fights Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium


When Tyson Fury takes on Dillian Whyte on April 23, he will enter a rarefied air in the fighting game.

The Gypsy King told talkSPORT he thinks 103,000 people could be crammed into Wembley for his national WBC heavyweight title clash, although his promoter Frank Warren said it would more likely be just under 100 000.

Fury and Whyte will meet at Wembley Stadium on April 23

Anthony Joshua drew two large crowds to Wembley Stadium with 90,000 watching his classic with Wladimir Klitschko and 80,000 dunking in the knockout of Alexander Povetkin.

AJ also drew 70,000 at the Principality Stadium in Wales for Carlos Takam, but even he, perhaps the biggest driving force in British boxing of the last decade, can’t say he drew this that Fury will do in April.

Even the great Floyd Mayweather, despite all his pay-per-view purchases, never sold a stadium, let alone a stadium the size of Wembley.

Mayweather was proud to fight in Las Vegas, aka the “fighting capital of the world,” where the venues aren’t quite as big. When he faced Manny Pacquiao in one of the most anticipated fights of all time, 4.2 million people bought the fight, but only 16,219 people were able to attend the MGM Grand, which means they won $72,198,500 at the door.

The retired 50-0 legend is the proud owner of six of the 10 biggest gates in Vegas.

Fury also has a place on this list. His second fight with Wilder is No. 7 where a 15,210 gate raked in just under $17 million.

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are the self-proclaimed kings of the fighting game – but Tyson Fury could blow them when he fights Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium
Mayweather vs McGregor was a huge money battle
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Las Vegas’ biggest gates in boxing

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are the self-proclaimed kings of the fighting game – but Tyson Fury could blow them when he fights Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium

Below are the largest gates in Vegas, as recorded by the Nevada State Athletic Commission

  1. Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao: MGM Grand, 16,291 people drew $72,198,500.00
  2. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor: T-Mobile Arena, 13,094 people drew $54,414,865.79
  3. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin: T-Mobile 17,318 drew $27,059,850.00
  4. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin II: T-Mobile 13,732 drew $24,473,500.00
  5. Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez: MGM Grand, 16,146 people drew $20,003,150.00
  6. Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar De La Hoya: MGM Grand, 15,432 people drew $18,419,200.00
  7. Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder II: MGM Grand, 15,210 people raised $16,916,440.00
  8. Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield II: Thomas and Mack Center, 17,078 people raised $16,860,300.00
  9. Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana: MGM Grand, 15,718 people drew $15,024,400.00
  10. Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana II: MGM Grand, 14,859 people drew $14,899,150.00

Fury will earn a record-breaking salary of around $29.5 million for the home fight. It’s the 32-year-old’s purse, regardless of how many people buy the fight. If the fight sells well on the pay-per-view, Fury could do a lot more.

During his trilogy with Deontay Wilder, Fury increased his value exponentially. He won $3 million for the first fight, $5 million for the rematch he would win, and then $20 million for the third fight. Fury is believed to have earned close to $30 million for the final fight when all was said and done.

Fury vs Whyte will likely eclipse that number.

Likewise, McGregor is capable of stopping traffic when in Sin City the roar is such to see him in action – especially when he switched from MMA to boxing to take on Mayweather in 2017.

The UFC superstar has six of Las Vegas’ 10 biggest gates – he’s even used his star status as an excuse to be late for being late.

“Traffic in Vegas is heavy – there must be a McGregor show in town because the place is packed,” he said when he arrived 30 minutes for a press conference to promote his fight with Nate Diaz. in 2016.


Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are the self-proclaimed kings of the fighting game – but Tyson Fury could blow them when he fights Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium
An expected crowd of just under 100,000 will be at Wembley to see Fury take on Whyte
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His fights with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Donald Cerrone grossed just over $17 million and $11 million respectively.

Both of these fights took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. If Fury and Whyte can pack Wembley for a huge, bitter domestic showdown in boxing’s glamorous division, it can only mean money.

Mayweather and McGregor are the self-proclaimed kings of the fighting game, but Fury shows the world there’s a new king in town.

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Las Vegas’ biggest gates in MMA

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are the self-proclaimed kings of the fighting game – but Tyson Fury could blow them when he fights Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium

Below are the top-grossing gates recorded by the Nevada State Athletic Commission

  1. Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC 229: T-Mobile Arena, 17,835 drew $17,188,894.67
  2. Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone, UFC 246: T-Mobile Arena, 16,678 drew $11,087,629.33
  3. Amanda Nunes vs. Meisha Tate, UFC 200: T-Mobile Arena, 15,154 drew $10,746,248.00
  4. Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo, UFC 194: MGM Grand, 15,648 raised $10,006,249.00
  5. Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz I, UFC 196: MGM Grand, 13,412 drew $8,197,628.00
  6. Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz II, UFC 202: T-Mobile Arena, 12,657 drew $7,700,810.60
  7. Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes, UFC 189: MGM Grand, 15,291 drew $7,201,648.00
  8. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen, UFC 148: MGM Grand, 13,600 raised $6,901,655.00
  9. Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman II, UFC 168: MGM Grand, 14,574 drew $6,238,792.50
  10. Jon Jones vs. Thiago Santos, UFC 239: T-Mobile Arena, 15,284 drew $6,063,707.11


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