LOS ANGELES – Tickets for the hotly anticipated Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather showdown are not yet out, but market prices are already generating buzz.
TMZ has reported that an upscale leisure and travel company is selling a few dozen tickets that range from $7,800 for the upper deck to $87,5000 for sixth row ringside.
After a day on the track and 12 rounds of the mitts in the gym, the hefty price tag was enough to give even Pacquiao sticker shock.
“Nahulog ako. Wala pa ako tickets sa family ko,” said Pacquiao.
Tickets are expected to be released this week, with prices ranging from $1,500 to $10,000.
One fan, Raul Limbaring, has been to seven Pacquiao fights and has only shelled out a few hundred dollars for them.
“We’ll go to Vegas on May 1st, and we’ll see. Maybe I’ll get a big bargain,” said Limbaring, who resides in Orange County. “But I saw seven fights. Those weren’t expensive – like, $250, $300, and $600.”
The ticket prices are a king’s ransom compared to the $50 that Jerome Cortado is paying for tickets to the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. James Kirkland fight in Houston, Texas a week after the Mayweather-Pacquiao mega-fight.
“That’s crazy. It’s worth it though, but it depends how many average people are going to be there. There’s going to be a lot of media and high priced people,” said Cortado.
Pacquiao has yet to figure out his family’s sitting arrangements for the fight, but his family is sure to watch the NBA game featuring the Los Angeles Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.
Warriors star Stephen Curry sent Pacquiao an autographed jersey last week.
“Thank you, Stephen Curry,” said Pacquiao. “I like the guy, I like the way he plays, my kids like him.”
“God bless you and your game tomorrow. My kids, they’re going to watch. I want to watch, but sorry because I’m training,” he added.
When tickets to the Fight of the Century are released, only 1,000 will go on sale to the public.
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