Boxing is a sport that has been lost to the evolution of excitement provided by things such as MMA and UFC. But the sweet science is not dead yet. There has not been a fight as anticipated within the boxing ring since heavyweights collided in the Holyfield Tyson saga. On May 2, 2015 the welterweight champion of the world will be crowned after the long awaited showdown between the two most prolific boxers of our era.
Pound for pound Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pac-man” Pacquiao are considered to two of the best ever. Both promoters are considering this face-off to be the largest event in boxing history. While the histrionics of the event are yet to be realized, the money that is on the table for the winner and loser are most definitely at the top of the all-time lists. The two fighters will split an estimated $200 million with Pac-man taking $80 and Mayweather bringing home a whopping $120 million.
Purse totals are dependant on how the tickets sell for TV and live seats. With projections estimating the fight will sell out for the live viewing and set records on TV, it is safe to say people are willing to pay to see the biggest boxing event since Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, the hype of which pales in comparison to this long awaited bout.
The MGM Grand plans to sell an estimated 250 tickets with the cheapest seat going for $5,400. Floor seats, right next to the action will most likely start at $7,500 face value and are being projected to be sold for $28,000 on the secondary market. This type of high profile pricing and hype may be just what boxing needs to rejuvenate its aging public appearance.
Be sure to find a friend who is buying the fight on pay-per-view or head to a bar or restaurant to see the action! It is sure to be an experience for the books.
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