The much anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao which has caused a lot of tension in the boxing community and among fans set to take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015, sold out its tickets within sixty seconds of release.
Only 1,000 tickets were made available to the public while the remaining 15,500 have been reserved for other boxers, sponsors and promoters. The lowest amount each ticket sold for was £1,000 ($1,500), and this amount quickly rose to about £5,000 ($7,500).
The tickets officially went on sale at 21:00 on Thursday, April 23, 2015, on the MGM Grand website and Ticketmaster and within minutes had appeared on an e-Bay owned online market place called the StubHub.
American fighter, Mayweather, 38, has a record win of all his 47 fights of which 26 were by knock out while his Filipino counterpart, Pacquiao, 36, has won 57 fights, lost 5 and drawn 2. The two fighters are considered to be the best of their generation and the bout which has been in the works for the last five years and is set to generate about £162m ($250m).
Tickets for the fighters weigh-in go on sale Friday, April 24, at 21:00 Nigerian time with all tickets sold going to charity. “The weigh-in is always the grand finale of fight week activities,” said Mayweather’s promoter Leonard Ellerbe.
“And with the massive interest in this fight, the number of fans looking to attend the official weigh-in is going to be something we’ve never seen before”
Meanwhile, Chelsea legend Didier Drogba auctioned VIP tickets to the upcoming fight on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at his charity fund raiser, which held after the Chelsea side won Manchester United in their Champions League bid, that helped raise £400,000 for his Foundation.