More details about the much-awaited fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather this May 2, 2015 are getting finalized. Tickets will go on sale this Thursday and it could cost up to $100,000 in the resale market.
The fight will go down at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Although the arena can comfortably seat 16,500 people, only 1,000 of these seats will be available for the public to buy, hence the skyrocketing prices. The rest of the seats are being sold to the casino, the fighters, sponsors and promoters. MGM is also selling closed circuit seats at several of its properties. Tickets are going for $150 each.
The tickets will go on sale at sale at 20:00 BST this Thursday. The closed circuit seats will be available 3 hours later. With 9 days to go before the fight, everyone is excited at how the American Mayweather, who won all 47 of his fights, will face off with the Filipino Pacquiao, who won 57 fights to date.
Bettors are flocking in droves to the betting windows, all wanting a piece of the action. Recent reports from bookmakers have Mayweather as the 2-to-1 favorite. These odds are attracting a flood of people to bet on Pacquaio.
Westgate Las Vegas Superboo Vice President Jay Kornegay commented to USA Today Sports, “We’ve taken wagers on a lot of big fights over the years and I can tell you that this one is the most wagered this far in advance of a fight. Even though it’s overdue by four of five years, it’s generating so much interest that you could compare it to the Super Bowl.”
As for who is refereeing what is dubbed as the ‘fight of the century’, veteran Kenny Bayless has been confirmed to officiate. The 64 year old Nevada native has officiated over a hundred fights, including 5 Mayweather fights and 7 Pacquiao fights. Appointed judges are Glenn Feldman of Connecticut and Dave Moretti and Burt Clements of Nevada.