VIDEO: Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Tickets Sell Out In Seconds
By Mike Chiari, Bleacher Report // April 26, 2015
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Boxing fans have waited upward of five years for Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to meet in the ring but it took just 60 seconds for the May 2 fight to sell out.
According to TMZ’s Anthony Dominic, every ticket for the event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas was sold within the first minute after being made available to the public Thursday:
— Anthony Dominic (@tmzanthony) April 23, 2015
Per ESPN’s Darren Rovell, 14,000 tickets were released for purchase:
Rovell also reported on Saturday that the weigh-in tickets sold out completely:
MGM Grand sold out more than 10,000 tickets to Friday’s Mayweather-Pacquiao weigh-in (at $10 each) in 1 hr & 15 mins yesterday.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 25, 2015
Although the contest between Money and Pac-Man has been set since February, it took an inordinate amount of time for tickets to go on sale due to issues between the two camps in terms of finalizing the contract.
According to ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael, Top Rank Promotions owner Bob Arum said he fought tooth and nail to ensure that Pacquiao received a fair deal in the end:
“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,” said Bob Arum, Top Rank Promotions owner.
“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 the 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,” said Arum
While it took longer than expected, the two sides were able to reach an agreement in time for the fight, and it certainly didn’t impact fans’ desire to attend.
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is the biggest boxing spectacle in recent memory, and some might argue that it is the most significant fight in the history of the sport.
It comes as little surprise that so many people wanted to be a part of it, and while some were lucky enough to get their hands on tickets, many others were shut out due to the incredible demand.