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Mayweather-Paquiao PPV price still not determined

floyd03By Allan Fox: The pay-per-view price has yet to be determined for the Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2nd, according to Steve Kim. ESPN is saying that the price could be $89 a pop, which is a far better price than the $100-110 that the fight is rumored to be going for.

The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will be televised on HBO and Showtime pay-per-view as part of a joint broadcast from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Speaking of the MGM Grand, the hotel reportedly has already sold out for May 2nd, just minutes after Mayweather made his announcement earlier on Friday, according to TMZ. It’s a huge hotel, but it shows you how many boxing fans that plan on being in Las Vegas on that night.

The MGM Grand only holds a maximum capacity of 16,800 fans, and those tickets are expected to go on the first day that they’re on sale. For fans wanting to find a place to stay in Vegas for the fight, they’d be smart to book well ahead of time if they want to find something available.

It’ll be a minor miracle if the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight goes for less than $100 on pay-per-view, because there’s expected to be so much interest in the fight. The fighters obviously know how much interest there is in this fight, and it’s one of the rare occasions where they can ask for an increase in the prices for the PPV and get away with it.

Boxing fans will still likely purchase the fight even if it’s going in the $100 range. There will obviously be a number of hardcore boxing fans who will be disgusted with that price, and won’t want to purchase the fight. However, the casual boxing fans will easily make up the difference for the fans who won’t want to pay the huge price tag in order to see the fight.

The undercard for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight really doesn’t matter, because the fans will be purchasing the fight on PPV in order to see the main event between Mayweather and Pacquiao.

The undercard doesn’t really matter. What we do know is that Mayweather Promotions will be allowed to setup one fight, and the same with Top Rank. Just who they wind up picking remains to be seen.

It wouldn’t be surprising if both Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank select prospects or some of their less than popular fighters to fight on the card. That’ll leave more money for Mayweather and Pacquiao if they go with cheaper talent in the undercard.

There’s still no word whether there will be a promotional tour of the United States and abroad. There’s time to put together a tour, but it’ll have to commence soon if they want to avoid impacting the training time for the two fighters.

February is a short month ending on the 28th, so they’re going to need to start the press tour early next week if they want to avoid interrupting training time. Pacquiao has said that he wants to be able to get in 8 weeks of training. For that to happen he’s going to need to be able to train throughout March and April.

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