With just under 3 weeks remaining until arguably the biggest boxing match in the history of the sport, social media is buzzing with predictions coming in favor of both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. The fight itself has been in the works for about five years now, and the countdown is concluding while the excitement builds.
With any major event like this comes the expectation that the crowd will be filled to the rafters with celebrities who surely spent a pretty penny to get their hands on tickets to the event. There’s just one problem; tickets are yet to go on sale!
“Please be aware that tickets for the May 2, 2015, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight are not yet available for purchase,” a statement on the MGM Grand website said. “Buyers should use extra caution when purchasing alleged tickets from unofficial sources, for fraudulent or counterfeit tickets will not be accepted.”
For those that have not attended many sporting events, this is the complete opposite of the norm. The logistics of the fight have been solidified, the price ranges have been set, yet no one has been able to plan for travel and accommodations.
“I can’t name another event in my career that been more hyped than this, and yet there are no official tickets for sale three weeks before the event,” Anbritt Stengele, founder of the Sports Traveler ticket agency, told CNN.
In my opinion, this whole arrangement seems to be too staged, too focused on everything but the actual fight, too focused on the financial impact. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand the business aspect of professional sports, and both sides would be crazy not to take advantage of an opportunity like this. However, as an extremely casual fan of the sport, I would rather see these two fight in a back alley. I feel as though this is a complete fiasco, along with the other preparations for this fight. Would Mike Tyson be posting videos of his entrance music on Twitter before a big fight (see below)? This will go down as the largest net profit for a fight in the history of boxing, but as someone who simply wants to see who is the better fighter, it feels as though the event is poorly timed and a bit stale at this point.