1600 tickets still available for Pacquiao-Bradley fight, says Arum
By Chris Williams: In news that has to really hurt Bob Arum, there are still 1600 tickets available for tomorrow’s Manny Pacquiao – Tim Bradley fight at the MGM Grand, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN. Dan says that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is reporting that there are still 1600 tickets available for the fight.
This is extremely important because it suggests that the demand for the fight isn’t what Arum likely expected it to be, and he may have made a HUGE mistake by hand-picking Bradley for Pacquiao rather than a softer target but a bigger name. Pacquiao’s past fights, with the exception of his fights against Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito, have all sold out quickly. The only reason the Clottey and Margarito fight didn’t sellout was because Arum had the fight take place in the giant 100,000 seat Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The only way Pacquiao and Arum would sellout that stadium is if they had Floyd Mayweather Jr. in there.
Mayweather’s name is like gold, and fans would fill out just about any stadium in the United States if he were to fight the Filipino.
The real negative to the Pacquiao-Bradley fight not selling out tomorrow night is that it will probably mean that the pay-per-view numbers will be less than staggering. They kind of go hand in hand. When the gate is less than spectacular, the PPV numbers are also disappointing. What this means is that Pacquiao may not even get 1 million buys for the Bradley fight. This in turn will sink any chance of there ever being a Mayweather-Pacquiao bout, because Mayweather isn’t about to give Pacquiao a 50-50 deal if he can’t match his huge PPV numbers. Pacquiao might have to give in with his stubborn refusal to accept a 60-40 deal from Mayweather.