Inside the Ropes: Mayweather-Pacquiao Edition
- Updated: April 24, 2015
We are only days away from fight week for the May 2 mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao and as expected, there are many going-ons over the course of the next 8 days that pertain to the fight.
Here are some updates on what’s going down in the days leading up to boxing’s biggest fight.
– Tickets finally went on sale this Thursday for the fight, with approximately 500 of those being made available to the public at $7,500, $5,000, $3,500, $2,500 and $1,500 a pop. As expected, those tickets went fast, as well as the closed circuit tickets that went on sale a few hours later. Many fight fans took to Twitter to express their frustrations and being unable to secure either live event or closed circuit tickets, but one can only imagine what those will go for via second-hand sales in the coming days.
– For those who will be in Vegas, the final weigh-in will also require tickets, as the promoters have agreed to charge $10 per ticket in order to restrict the flow of fans who would have no doubt, flooded the MGM Grand Garden Arena next Friday. The $10 charge is a first for weigh-ins, but both sides have also opted to donate all of the proceeds to charity as not to make money off the weigh-in. Those tickets go on sale this morning via Ticketmaster.
– Manny Pacquiao is not expected to take part in the “Grand Arrivals” that normally takes place on Tuesday of fight week. This is when both main event fighters typically arrive to the MGM Grand as part of the festivities where fans flock to the hotel’s main entrance to get a glimpse of their favorite fighters. According to ESPN, Bob Arum will have Manny fly in on Monday and stay at the Mandalay Bay, where he normally stays, and will instead speak to the press privately instead of at the gala of the MGM’s arrivals.
– Brands are lining up to put their ads on the trunks of Floyd and Manny, as FanDuel recently bought the rights to have their name slapped on the belt line of Mayweather’s trunks. The fantasy sports company also received 6 tickets as part of the deal, according to ESPN, that they will award to winners of three fantasy contests in the coming days, which include hotel and airfare. Pacquiao will be rocking his usual brands such as Nike, Air Asia, etc., while Motolite recently bought the rights to have Pacquiao wear a headband with their logo, as well as a t-shirt promoting Organo Gold Coffee.
– HBO will be airing a special this Saturday night called Mayweather/Pacquiao: The Legends Speak, which will air at 12:15 a.m. ET / PT. The 30-minute special will be hosted by Jim Lampley and Max Kellerman, with Lampley having a sitdown with Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley, while Kellerman will chat with Lennox Lewis, Bernard Hopkins and George Foreman. HBO also conducted separate interviews with fighters such as Ricky Hatton, Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto – all three having fought against both Manny and Floyd.
– Fight fans that will be in Las Vegas will also come across the MayPac Pop-Up Shop at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd . and Fremont St., which opens up today.The 1,700 square-foot setup will feature official merchandise, VIP meet and greets, as well as an interactive game. The pop-up shop will stay open until fight night. The interactive game will let fans step into a virtual ring as either fighter, with a 10-foot video screen and high-impact punching sensor.