Fight fans set for tickets scramble

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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Only 500 tickets are expected to be made available to the public for the welterweight unification clash between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on May 2.

Fears that the fight was under threat due to a stand-off over ticketing have faded after MGM Resorts International announced seats for the £332million showdown will go on sale at 8pm on Thursday night.

The brinkmanship came to an end on Wednesday evening when the contracts between the hotel and the promotional companies representing Mayweather and Pacquiao were signed, just 10 days before the richest fight in history is due to take place.

Overall revenue from ticket sales is expected to scale £50million, breaking the previous record by three times and elevating the size and location of the rival camps’ allocations at the MGM Grand’s Garden Arena into a key area of negotiation.

Five price categories ranging from £1,000 to £5,000 will be offered, with tickets limited to four per household.

The arena will be set up for a crowd in the region of 16,500, with the vast majority of seats being allotted to the hotel, Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, who promote Pacquiao.

Further money will be raised from closed circuit broadcasts of the fight at MGM properties, with up to 50,000 tickets being made available at £100.

Mayweather, speaking during a media conference call, insisted he has not been distracted by the dispute over tickets.

“I don’t worry about tickets. I worry about the man in front of me – Manny Pacquiao,” Mayweather said.

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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