Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will fight in just two weeks, but tickets for the bout have yet to go on sale. As the bout gets closer and seats remain unavailable, the chances continue to increase that the public won’t be able to purchase any tickets to arguably the biggest boxing match in history.
The majority of the tickets will be distributed by the Mayweather and Pacquiao camps, as well as the MGM Grand. About 1,000 tickets were expected to be sold to the public, but it remains to be seen when that will happen.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum initially said tickets would go on sale in the first week of April, and he's said it's "not acceptable" that tickets haven't been put on sale. The MGM Grand released a statement on Friday, saying it's working on making tickets available to the public.
“It was supposed to be three weeks ago, then two weeks, then this week, and my gut feeling is that they won’t have that public sale,” Chris Matcovich, a spokesman for ticket aggregator TiqIQ, told bloomberg.com.
Even if tickets do end up going on sale to the public, the timing will be curiously late. Mayweather’s last fight came against Marcos Maidana on Sept. 13 at the MGM Grand Garden arena, and tickets were made available to the public on July 15. When Mayweather fought on the first weekend of May last year, tickets went on sale eight weeks before the night of the fight and less than two weeks after the bout was announced.
The delay hasn’t stopped people from trying to sell tickets on the secondary market. Seats that people don’t yet have, but expect to get upon their release, also known as “spec tickets,” are being put on the market for as high as $19,000 each. The face value of the tickets range from an estimated $1,500 to $10,000 each.
According to Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Las Vegas close circuit tickets for the fight are going for $150 each. Closed circuit tickets for Mayweather’s last fight cost $75 apiece.
Many fans will look to attend the weigh-in, which is traditionally free. But that won’t be the case for the upcoming mega-fight, as there will be a $10 charge to see Mayweather and Pacquiao stand face to face a day before their bout. All of the money will be donated to charities of Pacquiao and Mayweather’s choice.
"What we wanted to do was avoid the craziness you've seen at the Mayweather and Pacquiao weigh-ins where you have people sleeping out in front of the arena the night before and basically camping out," Executive event producer for Top Rank, Brad Jacobs said via espn.com. "We want to avoid that. We want some orderly fashion to it so people needed to have a ticket like they need to a concert or a fight, so there's no reason for a big crowd to get there the night before.
"They will all be reserved seats. You have your ticket. There's no craziness waiting in line trying to get into the arena."
It’ll cost fans $99.95 to order the May 2 pay-per-view on HD. The estimated 3 million PPV buys and $74 million live gate revenue will make the fight the most profitable in the sport’s history, by far.