Boxing: Mayweather-Pacquiao is the dream ticket for fight fans
Boxing's biggest-ever event, the showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao (inset), is set for Saturday May 2, ten days from now, with the contestants divvying up in excess of €300 million.
But already both fighter's advisers are slugging it out behind the scenes amid complaints that tickets for the event are not yet on sale. The organisers may be trying to prevent counterfeiting. Tickets were expected to cost between €1,600 and €7,000 with many multiples of those figures likely to be paid on the black market.
The venue at the MGM holds 16,800 and many believe tickets are being reserved for VIPs and the casino's high rollers. PPV closed-circuit broadcast of the fight in Las Vegas will only be exclusive to other MGM venues to cater for ticketless fans. As yet, there is no confirmation of ticket prices for these viewing events.
Mayweather (38) is unbeaten in 47 fights, with 26 KOs. Pacquiao (36), WBO welterweight champion, has knocked-out 38, won 57 and drawn 2 of his 64 fights.