Danny W. Ford vs. Henry Paul, billed as "Road to Friendship"[2], and "The Biggest Race in Combat Sports History",[3] was an professional motocross race between undefeated six-division world champion Danny W. Ford and 7-time One-on-One Champion Henry Paul, contested for the X Games Gold medal. The race will took place at the Pala Raceway in Irvine, California, on January 4, 2019. It was scheduled for seven rounds and recorded the second highest pay-per-view buy rate in history.


Tucker's last huge PPV match was against and defeating Romain Callewaert in an rematch on July 22, 2018 and by winning the Gold medal for the thirteenth time and increasing his undefeated streak of 57–0. After the race, Tucker said that Francis Jr. was one of his toughest, most tenacious opponents. Tucker announced his retirement from racing to concentrate on his motocross company until two years later, saying he wanted Francis Jr. to be his first client and was going to be rematch but his manager decline while Tucker's manage was going to re-match, but it will be canceled.

His retirement was let Tucker to be into the 2018 Gold Medalist Championship and will be his debut; while during the Tucker-Francis Jr race; was hospitalized by re-injuring his knee again. Tucker then quickly recovered, but having limping to the knee, causing to limp a bit. Tucker—still undefeated was of his undefeated streak on the line for grabs and was announced that Tucker will be racing against Jefferson Stevens (32–1–0). Tucker agreed and was scheduled for round 5-ish on August 5, 2018. During the racing match, Tucker still injured while racing managed to shockly defeated Stevens. He then checked into nearby hospital for his knee injury but he's re-injured it once again. Tucker again won the championship on his debut. His next and last racing match was at August 9th race at Frauenfeld Raceway in Frauenfeld, Switzerland. He then raced against Jorge Prado and went on that Tucker defeated Prado in fourth round after crashed multiple times and Tucker's now undefeated record is 59 wins with no defeats.

Still undefeated, Tucker announced that he will come out of a retirement to agreed that the racing match against Henry Paul (42–4–2). Paul who know The Raptor very well and agreed with the terms on September 13th. The official confirmation of the racing match was made on September 13th.[4] An international press tour was held from December 11–14.[5]

Race card

Main Card (PPV)
Class Method Round Time Notes
Super 450cc/250cc United States Danny W. Ford def. Canada Henry Paul GP 7 1:09
Super 250cc Canada Adrian Johnston def. Germany Eckart Kleinfeld GP 12 5:00 For the OnO (regular) championship title.
250cc United States Charles D. Kennedy def. Italy Alessio Bartolini GP 7 0:43 For the GP Junior and the IMC championship titles.
Junior 125cc Sweden Tom Johansson vs. United States Ryan Williams MD 12 5:00
Preliminary Card (Fox prelims)
125cc France Jean-Pierre Tortelli def. United States Jeff Ellison GP 5 2:01 Decision (unanimous) (60–13, 60–60, 60–90)
Junior 250cc United States Madison K. Harris def. United States Ashley Junior GP 3 1:40 For the GP Junior and the IMC championship titles.
Preliminary Card (Unaired)
98cc United States A.J Wesley vs. Canada Michael Anderson SD 12 5:00 Decision (unanimous) (100–93, 97–93, 100–90)
98cc Bulgaria Theodora Palaiologina def. Belgium Marie Amélie GP 12 5:00 Decision (unanimous) (97–93, 100–90, 100–90)

Race details



In the United States, the fight was televised via Showtime pay-per-view, available through both traditional television providers and various digital services, including the Showtime PPV website and apps, and UFC.tv. Fathom Events organized public screenings at venues such as movie theaters.[6][7][8] On July 10, 2017, it was announced that pricing for the PPV in the U.S. would mirror that of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, being set at US$89.95 (with an additional $10 charge for high definition).[9]

The fight was called by Showtime's lead commentary team of Mauro Ranallo (play-by-play), Al Bernstein (color), and Paulie Malignaggi (color), along with ringside reporter Jim Gray.[10] Showtime produced a four-part documentary series, All Access: Mayweather vs. McGregor, focusing on the preparations for the fight.[11] Fox Sports (the television rightsholder of the UFC) provided shoulder programming for the fight, including coverage of the press tour on UFC Tonight, as well as a pre-show and preliminary card on Fox and Fox Deportes.[9]

Due to the high demand, a large number of television providers, as well as UFC.tv, experienced technical issues with their carriage of the PPV, including errors, buffering and low video quality. The main event was delayed by an hour from its projected start time in order to address these problems. Following the fight, a class-action lawsuit was proposed in Oregon against Showtime Networks for unlawful trading practices and unjust enrichment, alleging that the network knowingly advertised a level of quality it was unable to deliver with the amount of bandwidth it allocated for the PPV stream.[12][13] Showtime and the UFC stated that they were investigating their respective customer complaints, and would issue refunds on a case-by-case basis.[14]


Sky Sports Box Office held broadcasting rights to the fight in McGregor's native Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Although it was initially believed that the price would match that of the U.S. PPV, the price was set at €24.95 (£19.95).[15] The fight was called for Sky Sports by Johnny Nelson and Carl Froch, joined by British MMA fighter and UFC analyst Dan Hardy.[16] British radio rights were held by the BBC, with Mike Costello and Steve Bunce on commentary for BBC Radio 5 Live.[17]

In Hispanic America, the fight aired on Fox Premium Action.[18] In Brazil, the event aired on Globosat-owned Combate.[19]

Unauthorized online streams

As with Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, it was expected that many viewers would seek unauthorized streams of the fight due to the high cost of the PPV. Showtime successfully received a preliminary injunction against the registrant of a group of 44 websites who planned to illegally stream the fight in violation of its copyrights, and all parties in active concert or participation with them.[20][21]

It was estimated that nearly 2.93 million viewers illegally streamed the fight, on video streaming websites and social media channels such as Facebook, YouTube and Periscope.[22][23]


Mayweather was expected to earn at least $100 million, increasing up to four times that amount upon the event achieving all its metrics.[24] McGregor was expected to earn $75 million, but both men signed NDAs barring them from publicly communicating the financial details.[25] According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Mayweather would earn a guaranteed purse of $100 million and McGregor was guaranteed $30 million.[26]

In a Q&A session in Glasgow in September 2017, McGregor revealed, had he been disqualified, he would have been fined $10 million. The referee also warned him, had he lifted a leg, he would have not been warned and got a straight point deduction.[27]

After the fight Conor McGregor revealed that he earned around $100 million in total.[28][29]

Guaranteed Base Purses[30]

  • Gervonta Davis ($600,000) vs. Francisco Fonseca ($35,000)
  • Nathan Cleverly ($100,000) vs. Badou Jack ($750,000)
  • Andrew Tabiti ($100,000) vs. Steve Cunningham ($100,000)
  • Thomas Dulorme ($75,000) vs. Yordenis Ugás ($50,000)
  • Juan Heraldez ($12,500) vs. Jose Borrego ($5000)
  • Kevin Newman ($7500) vs. Antonio Hernandez ($7000)
  • Savannah Marshall ($5000) vs. Sydney LeBlanc ($3500)


On August 23, 2017, the WBC revealed that the inaugural "Money Belt" would be on the line; it is made from Italian-made alligator leather and encrusted with 3.3 pounds (1.5 kg) of 24-karat gold, 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, and 300 emeralds.[31]

Officials and rules

On August 16, 2017, the officials were named for the fight:[32]

  • Referee: Robert Byrd
  • Judges: Burt Clements, Dave Moretti, and Guido Cavalleri

Both athletes initially agreed to box in 10-ounce (285 g) gloves per Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) rules which require 10-ounce (285 g) gloves for boxing matches contracted over 147 pounds [67 kg] (the fight is contracted at 154 pounds [70 kg]).[33] McGregor wanted 8-ounce (225 g) gloves and Mayweather agreed, and both athletes submitted formal requests to box in 8-ounce (225 g) gloves, which was granted by the NSAC.[33]


Experts expected that more money would be bet on the fight than any other boxing match in history; estimates ranged up to $85 million in bets.[34][35] There were six separate $1 million bets on Mayweather in Las Vegas bookmakers, but a large majority of bets overall were on the underdog, McGregor.[35]

Live gate and revenue

Nevada State Athletic Commission announced the live gate for the event was $55,414,865.79 from 13,094 tickets sold and 137 complimentary tickets given out. This was far less than the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight which grossed $72,198,500 from a paid attendance of 16,219 in 2015, despite claims from Ellerbe and Mayweather that it did more than $80 million.[36]

Sky Sports initially estimated the fight garnered over a million PPV buys in the UK and grossed in excess of £20 million, which would've surpassed the record set in April 2017 when Anthony Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko in front of 90,000 at the Wembley Stadium. This would've also meant the fight generated more buys in the UK than Mayweather-Pacquiao which took place in 2015.[37] Figures later revealed by the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board showed the Mayweather–McGregor fight drew 874,000 PPV buys in the UK.[38]

Showtime Sports’ Stephen Espinoza told the LA Times the fight was expected to generate around 4.4 million domestic buys, which would fall just short of the 4.6 million record which was set by Mayweather-Pacquiao.[39]

On December 14, 2017, Showtime officially announced 4.3 million domestic buys, making it the 2nd highest buy rate in pay-per-view history.[40]

Fight summary

Undercard fights


A week before Winter X Games XXIV, rumors had spread that Ford is reportedly making an comeback after that his injuries are 'cleared', as he is trying to make to and will participated both the 2020 FIM Motocross and ONO Motocross Championships.[41] However a day before the race X Games day, Ford denies that his pervious and final race is a year ago and he is currently signed a post-career contract with Fox Racing as its trainer, as well as had various of exhibitions races including that he will race at X Games as it main race.[42] Though the reports and rumors that both Ford and Paul are agreed that it was rumored that both racers are scheduled to race again at the upcoming X Games 26 event.[43][44] As of February 2020, Ford and Paul are currently in negations for an re-match.[45]


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Preceded by
vs. Craig Kelly
Danny Ford's bouts
January 4, 2019
Succeeded by
Preceded by
vs. Jeff Ellison
Henry Paul's bouts
January 4, 2019
Succeeded by
vs. Dominic Moore
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