On May 2, 2015, the world will find out who is the best boxer of this generation: Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. With only 10 days left until the two icons meet in the boxing ring, it is evident that sports news will be reporting like crazy on the dream match.
The Inquisitr kept up with such news, in which the latest was that the match almost didn’t happen because contracts weren’t signed. However, that changed yesterday when the CEO of CBS Entertainment swooped in and saved the day.
Because of yesterday’s aforementioned event, tickets for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight officially went on sale. However, they are extremely limited, as reports show that only 500 are available to the public.
The news was first reported by ESPN, in which the contract signing does put tickets on sale as of yesterday, but only a minimal number of them. Todd duBoef, the president of Top Rank, said that only 500 of the roughly 16,000 tickets available will be available for the public to purchase. The rest are controlled by Mayweather Promotions, Top Rank, and the MGM Grand, in which all three will distribute the tickets to their customers, fighter camps, fight sponsors, HBO, Showtime, and the brokers with whom they do business. Summarized, most of the tickets are private and offered — at a price — to people who made the fight possible.
The ticket situation is just one of many situations that make Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao very peculiar. For a marquee sporting event, it would be expected that everyone involved would be on point in making sure the event happens without a hitch. However, the fact that contracts were signed just yesterday, a mere 11 days before the actual fight, says otherwise.
Such sloth is now costing the fight, as many fans have said on social media they are now cancelling their hotel reservations and changing plans to be in Las Vegas because they didn’t have enough time to pay for airfare and cover the cost of a ticket, as reported by Yahoo! Sports. Apparently, said fans didn’t expect the ticket prices to be this high.
Still, all parties involved with Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao are banking because they are catering to the highest denominator of income (celebrities and the like). Once they get their fair share to purchase, it is estimated that fewer than 1,000 tickets will be available, as mentioned in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
If you are the elite few who have the cash to spend for one of the 500 tickets for Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao on May 2, they are available for purchase at Ticket Network. Take note the cheapest ticket listed is now at $4,505 as of the publication of this article.
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