Arum: 'Celebrities won't be getting free passes to mega bout'
Milan Ordoñez on Feb 25, 2015 10:54 AM
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MANILA - Not even Hollywood's A-listers will be given VIP treatment for what is considered as the "Fight of the Century."
Also seen to be the most lucrative bout in boxing history, tickets for the May 2nd showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have already gone off the roof. While official ticket prices have yet to be released, initial reports have ringside seats tagged at $5,000 (Php 215,000) and pay-per-view rates in HD at around $100 (Php 4,000).
In a separate report by FightHype.com, average ticket prices are projected to be at $10,506.41 (Php 451,775), while the most expensive ticket is listed at $64,689 (Php 2.7 M).
The sudden boom of ticket prices is expected, given the fight's magnitude from the five-year build-up. And like in most of boxing's biggest fights, celebrities are expected to be in attendance, but according to Top Rank chief Bob Arum, they will have to get hold of their tickets like everyone else.
"The biggest block of tickets is with MGM," Arum explained in an interview with ESPN 1100 on Monday. "So, when I get a call from a celebrity, or I assume when Mayweather gets a call from a celebrity, we immediately send them to the MGM, and we tell them 'you guys fill the order.'"
"Nobody is gonna get these tickets without paying for them."
Neither the MGM Grand, nor the promoters involved have announced when tickets will be released.
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