Mayweather, Pacquiao bout delivers knockout ticket prices

Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:35pm EDT
 
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By Steve Keating

(Reuters) - Tickets for the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao finally hit the market on Thursday and unless your name is Warren Buffet or Madonna you will probably have to watch the May 2 bout on pay-per-view.

After weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations between the fighters' camps and much speculation, the coveted tickets went on sale and, as expected, they were not cheap.

Prices on Ticketmaster ranged between $1,500 to $7,500 and those tickets were snapped up in a matter of seconds.

The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is expected to pack in close to 16,500 for the fight but estimates had only 500 to 1,000 tickets going on sale to the public with the rest earmarked for the two fighters, the casino, sponsors and promoters.

Within minutes of the tickets going public, the market place shifted to resale sites which posted knockout prices of $100,000 and more for ringside seats, putting them beyond the reach of everyone but the world's most rich and famous.

Another secondary site, Ticketliguidator.com, was offering floor seats for $55,000.

"This is an extremely unique event for us, we haven't ever seen this," StubHub spokesman Cameron Papp told Reuters.

"The fact they are going on sale with the fight only nine days away is really unique and the fact there is lower inventory to the public is unique. That is being reflected in the prices right now."   Continued...

 
Eleven-time, five-division world boxing champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather (L) and eight-division world champion Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao pose at a news conference ahead of their upcoming bout, in Los Angeles, California March 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson