Sales so-so for May­weather-McGre­gor

Plenty of high-priced tick­ets still re­main to watch fight at arena.

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - By Lance Pugmire Los An­ge­les Times

Floyd May­weather Jr. and Conor McGre­gor are apt to flaunt their wealth out­side the box­ing ring and UFC oc­tagon.

And with ticket prices set for their Aug. 26 fight at one of the high­est price points in sports his­tory, both fighters are count­ing on those at­tend­ing to do the same.

Ring­side seats cost $10,000 apiece at T-Mo­bile Arena in Las Ve­gas, the same price for a ticket to May­weather’s fight against Manny Pac­quiao in May 2015. A mid-level ticket in the 20,000-plus-seat arena’s up­per bowl will cost $3,500, while the cheap­est ticket of­fered was $500, with those sell­ing out quickly.

May­weather had a prom­i­nent voice in set­ting the prices, de­spite some ob­jec­tions by those more as­tute in the ticket-sell­ing busi­ness.

Still, May­weather, his pow­er­ful fight man­ager Al Hay­mon and May­weather Pro­mo­tions CEO Leonard Ellerbe had rea­son to aim high in what’s ex­pected to be the 40-year-old fighter’s farewell from the ring against the charis­matic McGre­gor, a 6-1 un­der­dog mak­ing his pro box­ing de­but.

Their four-city in­ter­na­tional press tour to Los An­ge­les, Toronto, New York and Lon­don last month proved they’d cap­tured the world’s at­ten­tion as more than 10,000 fans ap­peared at each stop to hail and jeer the five-divi­sion cham­pion May­weather and re­cent two-belt UFC cham­pion McGre­gor.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said AEG Pres­i­dent Dan Beck­er­man, whose com­pany staged three of the tour stops and counts T-Mo­bile Arena among its sports em­pire. “I was blown away by the re­sponse for the press con­fer­ences. It was clear that the de­mand for this fight was go­ing to be in­cred­i­ble.”

The ques­tion now is will that en­thu­si­asm fill the arena?

Of­fi­cials con­nected to the pub­lic sale of tick­ets said that as of late last week, 3,000 seats re­main, with bro­kers and tick­et­ing agents es­ti­mat­ing 4,000 more are still avail­able to buy on their sec­ondary mar­ket less than three weeks be­fore the event.

“This money-grab fight is a pro­mo­tion to see how much can be made off one night. It’s all about money,” said Os­car De La Hoya, a fight pro­moter and for­mer six-divi­sion world cham­pion.

“Yes, this is a busi­ness, but ev­ery­one’s for­get­ting about the fight, which May­weather-McGre­gor is not.”

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