MANILA, Philippines - Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum swears not even his people at Top Rank have tickets to show off to prospective buyers interested in watching the May 7 show starring Manny Pacquiao versus Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
"We don't have tickets in our hands right now," said Arum over the weekend as he made an official announcement that "not one" ticket is available for purchase. Of course, there are still countless tickets available - in the black market.
Since these tickets have become a hot commodity, brokers have priced them beyond the reach of the ordinary wage-earner, leaving these prized passes only sellable to those willing to part ways with as much as $17,995 (P790,000) for a choice, front-row ringside seat that actually costs $1,000.
When Top Rank released the tickets for public sale in the end of January, a near sell out was immediately announced as only a few thousands were left.
Aside from the top-of-the-line $1,000 tickets, others were also sold at $750, $500, $300 and $150.
Arum said those who would be unable to secure tickets from the black market, can still soak up the incomparable Las Vegas fight night atmosphere by watching it on closedcircuit at $50 a pop in all the MGMMirage owned properties that are nicely located on the famed Strip.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena has a seating capacity of around 17,000 and Arum said ringside will be teeming with VIPs from the world of sports, entertainment and politics. Arum said a former US President has also expressed his desire to see the fight.
"The response is just unbelievable," said Arum, who has been promoting boxing since 1966 starting with Muhammad Ali's world heavyweight title bout with the iron-chinned Canadian George Chuvalo.
Reposted From Manila Bulletin