If you think tickets to NHL playoff games are (a) overpriced, and (b) hard to come by, that’s nothing compared to this Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao boxing title Fight of the Century match in Las Vegas.
Today, just ten days before the big fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, there was finally a deal made to put tickets on sale. That’s good, because this delay in putting tickets up for sale was getting to be a farce. The whole mess behind the scenes was giving the whole promotion a black eye.
But even with this deal struck, apparently there are only going to be only 500 tickets available to the general public. As for the non-public tickets to the fight, which counts for most of the seats, I don’t know how people are supposed to figure out how to obtain them or even how to pay for them. I am reading that these prices run upwards of $10,000 and are being offered only through the promoters, or through ticket brokers, and the like.
This, friends, is ridiculous. Who gets access to these tickets? The “elite”? And even these elite people will be second-mortgaging their houses to pay for the privilege. You’re far better off using this kind of money as down payment on a BMW or something!
Also ridiculous, too, are prices for the pay-per-view, which will clean out the bank accounts of most ordinary fight fans.
The price they’re charging for people to watch this event at home on TV comes in at just under a hundred bucks. This is crazy, folks. By contrast, you can get admission into several Junior A hockey games, live, for this same amount of money. Plus, with hockey you’re at least assured of two hours or so of entertainment. But with boxing, who knows? What happens if there is a first round knockout, like what happened in 1988 when Mike Tyson knocked out Michael Spinks?!
Don’t get me wrong. I’d like to be able to see this superfight, and maybe I will find something affordable out there locally, but these prices really are just plain nuts. I may well be reduced to following this fight by way of a Twitter feed on the night of May 2 — like most people.