The Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight is less than two weeks away. Yet, things are far from settled. For instance, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao tickets still have not been released.Of course, the outrageous projected face value of the tickets meant that they were never going to be “released” to begin with. This wouldn’t be a public sale of tickets, with fans getting an opportunity to grab them first come, first serve.
No, this was always intended to be a private auction, secondary and tertiary market event, with nothing but VIPs in attendance. So much for this fight being made for the fans. But hey, don’t worry, you can just pay $100 to watch the fight and its awful undercard at home.
In one of the recent Mayweather-Pacquiao preview shows, you’re even given the privilege of watching Leonard Ellerbe discuss with Katie Couric how front row tickets were going for $150,000. Wait — what tickets? And how is Ellerbe the “dealer” of them? Because there was never going to be a legit, full and public ticket sale. Straight to the –apparently internally controlled– resale market for every seat in the house.
The fight is basically days away, and tickets aren’t available. So how will fans make travel plans and be able to attend the fight? They won’t. The tickets are already doled out and reserved to the VIPs who will be attending a fight you couldn’t dream of paying for either way.
Another intriguing turn as the fight nears is that a recent Pacquiao conference call was slammed shut before it started. But with all of these odd occurrences and the endless mishandling of the event, the fight is still very much a go.
The Nevada commission just appointed the referee and judges for the fight. Kenny Bayless will be the third man in the ring, and he’s had quite a bit of experience over the years working with both of these fighters. As for the judges, you’ll recognize all three names — Burt Clements, Glenn Feldman and Dave Moretti. If there’s any controversy on fight night with the scorecard or how the fight was handled, then those four names will be the ones in the mix.
Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days.