More than 2,000 tickets are reportedly still available for Saturday night’s clash between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Andre Berto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Prices for the seats that have been sold are also down significantly from Mayweather’s previous bout with Manny Pacquiao.
Darren Rovell of ESPN.com notes the amount of tickets readily available—currently 2,100 based on Ticketmaster figures—for interested fans doesn’t even factor in those held by promoters. The prices range from $125 to $1,500 as Mayweather attempts to push his career record to 49-0.
Berto was an uninspired selection from the outset. He’s lost three of his past six fights and is the 20th-rated fighter in the welterweight division, according to BoxRec.com. In turn, Money is listed as a massive favorite in the fight, per Odds Shark.
Mayweather and Co. have tried to offset the seemingly lopsided nature of the bout by continuing to suggest this will be his last fight.
It’s hard to imagine he’s going to walk away from the sport on such a low note, leaving plenty of money on the table in the process. There’s already speculation the Berto encounter is simply a warm-up fight ahead of something bigger in 2016.
One other factor working against those trying to sell both tickets and pay-per-view buys for the fight is the lingering feelings about the Pacquiao bout. It failed to live up to the hype as the undefeated American cruised to a victory by unanimous decision in mostly dull fashion.
Mayweather and his team have been able to sell a lot of fights in a multitude of different ways over the years. This one has presented a unique challenge, however, and the ticket numbers suggest they have a lot of work to do over the next four days.
That doesn’t mean Mayweather won’t make a bunch of money Saturday night. He just shouldn’t expect it to come anywhere close to the reported $220 million he raked in after beating Pacquiao.
Credit: Bleacher Report