With only nine days to go, tickets are finally up for sale as organizers have ironed out issues on the distribution of tickets in the highly-anticipated fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“It was a battle but finally everybody came together,” said Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank, said in a report.
Sports news website ESPN reported that the rift came from the issue on the ticket distribution between Mayweather Promotions, Top Rank, and the MGM, where the fight would be held. The said problem, the report stated, nearly “blew up” the fight between two of the best boxers of today.
“We were resolute that we were going to hold on to everything we had negotiated with Mayweather Promotions and they weren’t going to use the relationship with MGM to deprive us of our rights. Ultimately, that’s how the deal was made. We protected Manny and ourselves, and we weren’t asking for anything we didn’t negotiate. We had a deal with Mayweather Promotions, and then they used MGM to try to erode our rights. And we stood steadfast and we wouldn’t let that happen, and finally we made a deal, a correct deal, and the fight is going ahead. It’s as simple as that,” Arum said in an ESPN report.
BBC.com reported that the cheapest tickets would be at $1,500 to $7,500. However, the news also stated that the resale market price could go as high as $100,000
A report said only 500 seats would be sold to the public. The rest of the tickets would be divided among the fight organizers. With over 16,800 seating capacity, ticket sales could go as high as $74 million.
“This has been a very complex event, and we are pleased to have resolved the outstanding issues. We look forward to delivering an incredible event weekend, like only Las Vegas can,” Richard Sturm, president of the entertainment and sports of MGM Resorts International, said in an ESPN report.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao said in an interview with Gareth Davies that he remains calm with only a few days before the much-anticipated fight.
“God is with me, so I have peace of mind. Peace of mind is the most important thing. If God is with you, everything will be right,” he said in a The Telegraph report.