Las Vegas, NV — The lingering dispute of when, and how many, fight tickets will be made available for sale has finally been settled. With just ten days left before the Fight Of The Century between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, both sides reached an agreement Wednesday that will clear the path for the sale of tickets to both the May 2nd fight and the closed circuit viewing parties being held at MGM properties in Las Vegas.
Bob Arum is the head of Top Rank Boxing – Pacquiao’s promoter – and he issued the following statement: “I want to apologize to the public for this dragging out for the length of time that it has.”
A day after Kenny Bayless was announced as the referee for the megafight, CBS Corp president and CEO Leslie Moonves figuratively stepped in to the ring to bring both parties together.
It was Moonves who’s been credited with facilitating the fight getting made at all back in February. CBS owns Showtime which has two fights remaining in a lucrative six-fight deal with Mayweather.
Top Rank president Todd duBoef told ESPN.com that tickets will likely go on sale “when the ink dries on the contract.” According to duBoef, of the 16,000 tickets available, only about 500 will go on sale to the general public.
Ticket prices range from $1,500 to $7,500. About 40,000 closed circuit viewing seats will also be available for sale for about $150 each. On Wednesday, Mayweather advisor Leonard Ellerbe said “I’m doing everything I can to get the tickets on sale tomorrow.”
The MGM Grand Garden Arena expects to generate $74 million in ticket sales on May 2nd, shattering the previous record set in 2013 when Mayweather fought then-undefeated Saul “Canelo Alvarez.”