Tickets For The Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight Are Too Pricey Even For The Rich And Famous

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments


It’s the fight that everyone’s been waiting for , The Mayweather- Pacquiao fight. And it’s being billed as the biggest boxing match-up in the history of boxing and the event of the year. The “Who’s who” of the world is expected to converge May 2 to the Las Vegas’s MGM Grand to witness history in the making. From politicians and foreign dignitaries to business moguls, sports and entertainment celebrities they are all expected to make a bid at ringside tickets which is expected to have a face value of $4000 but could go as high as $100,000 in secondary markets. With prices like these even the rich and famous are saying attending the fight is “too rich for their blood”- said ‘Jane the virgin’ star Gina Rodriquez who besides being a huge boxing fan is the daughter of Genaro Rodriguez , the famous boxing referee (who worked the last Pacquiao fight) according to


Celebrities like Jack Nicholson, 50 Cent, Will Smith and Leo DiCaprio are used to getting comped tickets when they attend a big fight, but Bob Arum who runs Top Rank, which is co-promoting Mayweather-Pacquiao, says not this time. “Nobody is going to get these tickets without paying for them,” Arum told ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas Monday. When he gets a celebrity call, Arum says he is routing them to the MGM which has the biggest block of tickets.

“When I get a call from a celebrity, and I assume when Mayweather’s camp gets a call from a celebrity, we immediately send them to MGM. We tell them ‘You guys fill the order,'” said Arum. But he added that nobody will get any tickets for free, no matter how important they are.

Syvester Stallone AKA Rocky at the last Mayweather fight

Tickets have not gone on sale to the public yet, but they are expected to start at $1,000 with ringside seats fetching a face value of $5,000. This will result in a total gate of around $40 million for the 16,800-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena. It would double the previous biggest gate in boxing history, which was $20 million for the Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez fight billed as “The One” in September 2013.

The reality is that few tickets will wind up available to the public with the MGM Grand, sponsors, promoters and the fighters snapping up many of the tickets before they go on sale. You can purchase tickets on the secondary market through online sellers like SeatGeek, which already has 422 seats for sale via ticket brokers who for the most part have relationships with the venue or other sources where they know they will have access to tickets.

The MGM sold out the hotel for May 2 shortly after the fight was announced on Friday night. Surrounding nights are going quickly too with May 1 also now sold out. Gamblers and fight fans will flock to Vegas to be part of the richest fight in boxing history even without a ticket. The fight will be broadcast in casinos up and down the strip with an expected closed circuit audience of more than 25,000 putting up $100+ to view the event with a crowd (Mayweather-Alvarez had 26,000 closed circuit buys).

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Darnell Moore has extensively studied music and urban culture both academically and professionally for over 20 years. His writings and posts have appeared in many major urban publications. Moore is the founder and creator of Memoirs of an Urban Gentleman. Contact him , or

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