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Steve Carp

Tickets for Mayweather-Pacquiao sell out in less than two minutes

24 April 2015

Well, that didn’t take long.

What few tickets that were made available for public sale for the May 2 Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao megafight at the MGM Grand Garden sold out in less than two minutes Thursday.

Approximately 500 of the 16,700 seats were sold to the public. The rest are controlled by the two fighters and the MGM Grand, the host property for the fight. Tickets were priced from $1,500 to $7,500, and there was a four-ticket limit per household.

The sale is expected to generate a record live gate of almost $72 million, which would shatter the mark of $20.03 million set Sept. 14, 2013, when Mayweather fought Canelo Alvarez at the Grand Garden.

Thousands of boxing fans were left disappointed and angry at the promoters, the MGM and Ticketmaster, which handled the sale of the tickets. As expected, the venom was spewing on Twitter.

Among some of the PG-rated comments were from “@JayBee,” who said: “Resellers and their bots surely got all of them. Fans never had a shot.”

A tweet by “@StandingEightCount” was: “no ... i didn’t bother ... figure i have a better chance of playing mega millions.”

“@MySocialEvents” tweeted: “Nah, we figured retirement was more important than an hour of “Look at me.”

Within minutes, secondary ticket markets were posting seats for sale. was listing seats from $5,270.25 per seat in Section 202 to $141,575.25 for a floor seat in Section E.

But that was only Part 1 of the ticket frenzy. Part 2 started at 3 p.m., when approximately 50,000 tickets went on sale for the closed circuit TV viewing of the fight at 10 MGM Resorts International properties on the Strip. Those tickets have a $150 price tag and were quickly snapped up, as fans who had booked flights and hotel rooms for next week were desperately trying to secure a place to watch the fight.

For fans without tickets into the Grand Garden, the closed circuit ticket was their only option. The MGM controls the signal for all casinos and hotels in Clark County, and the fight can only be viewed at one of its 10 Strip properties. reported Thursday night that no seats were available at the MGM Grand, Aria, Bellagio, Mirage and Mandalay Bay. But an MGM spokesman said even though Ticketmaster might be indicating that certain sites do not have tickets, there might be some available at the box office of that individual property.

The MGM did not provide a list Thursday night of which properties were sold out and which still had seats available.

Outside Las Vegas, where the MGM’s jurisdiction does not reach, many hotels, casinos and restaurants across the country were selling pay-per-view seats to the fight, some tied in with viewing parties for the Kentucky Derby, which will be run on the afternoon of May 2. Ticket sales were brisk there, too.

The other ticket issue — the May 1 weigh-in at the Grand Garden — will be dealt with at noon today. The promoters and MGM officials decided the event, which has been free to attend in the past, will require a ticket. They will cost $10 apiece and be sold at any MGM Resorts box office and by phone at 866-740-7711. There is a 10-ticket limit per person, and there will not be an Internet sale.

For security reasons, fans will not be allowed into the weigh-in without a ticket. The income generated from the 12,000 available seats will be split 50-50 between two charities — the Susan G. Komen Foundation (Mayweather’s choice) and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health (Pacquiao’s choice).