Arum blames MGM for Pac-May tickets delay

LAS VEGAS – The tickets for the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight went on sale on Thursday (Friday in Manila) here.

Ticketmaster opened the sale at 12 noon, but in a matter of seconds, the tickets were sold out.

The tickets to the biggest fight of this century were only available through Ticketmaster.

“Since they announced, we’ve been eyeing on it. We’ve been waiting and waiting, I’m very disappointed that we can’t get any. And it’s been gone in a matter of seconds,” said fight fan Jean de Santos.

“It’s very disappointing, the fact na that you saved so much money preparing for it since it’s been announced and you can’t get it. It’s not good, there’s gonna be a lot of unhappy people but hey, we’ll see it, regardless.”

Top Rank’s Bob Arum confirmed in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN that only 500 tickets were made available to the public on Thursday.

“The 500 tickets were allotted to go on public sale. They were a 100 tickets in every category, between $7,500 to $1,500 tickets,” he said.

Arum added that only 30 percent of the fight tickets were allotted to Top Rank.

“Well, we have 30 percent of the tickets allotted to Top Rank and Pacquiao, out of that 30 percent, Manny will have enough tickets to buy for himself his family and friends. That’s usual. The prices of the tickets is crazy but Manny at least will only have to pay the least price to pay for his tickets,” he said.

Arum also said that Top Rank has nothing to do with the public sale of the tickets. In his five decades of being a boxing promoter, he said he never had such issues when it comes to selling tickets.

“The question should be asked with the MGM [Grand Arena]. The MGM has handled this situation in an abysmal matter and we have nothing to do with the public sale of those tickets. What happened is something to be answered by the MGM,” he said.

Arum also commented on the squabble between his firm and Mayweather Promotions.

“When I read the Book of Esther, it goes something like this: ‘Once there was a wicked, wicked man and his name was [Al] Haymon, sir.’”

Since the tickets were steeply priced, Arum warned the public from purchasing fake tickets.

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  • Mario
    26 April 2015 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    MGM in charge selling tickets, 500 tickets on public sale.From the betting media, the bulk of the tickets were bought by one group (LVegas bosses), Hollywood movie actors are being offered from the black market @ $10K-$60K or more. Billion Dollars will be made on the FMJ-MP fights.. What is the message..MPac will WIN, so that there will be a 2nd fight return bout, it will be $2Billion income from the same players. Remember boxing is an entertainment.