When all is said and done, boxing fans could be looking at a $100 price tag for the upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view (PPV) super fight, which takes place on May 2, 2015 inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That should not come as a surprise, considering the kind of "Money" Mayweather commands.
Even the standard definition telecast runs high at $89.95 (and looks like shit if you've ever ordered it). But that's of no concern to Mayweather, who told BoxingScene.com that his job to worry about putting on a "great fight," not the economics behind his latest title defense.
"I think it's going to be a great fight. When I envision it, it's going to be a great fight. I'm not here to talk about what no one spends. Everyone is entitled to do what they want to do. My job is to go out there and be Floyd Mayweather. Nobody is forced to do anything that they don't want to do. Nobody is forcing the media to be here. I'm only thankful to anyone who has bought [my] pay-per-view [events], whether they were pleased or weren't pleased. When its all said and done, when the book is written -- they are not going say he was a defensive wizard, they are going to say he's a winner."
At 47-0, that label is hard to dispute.
Part of the risk of ordering a combat sports PPV is that it could be over in one round or less, something that scared cost-conscious fans back in the late 80s and early 90s when "Iron" Mike Tyson was cleaning house. While Mayweather is not known for his knockout power, anything can happen during a fight.
But it sounds like "Money" is taking a page from UFC President Dana White's book, by reminding the fans and media that buying (or not buying) his fight is a choice, so maybe it's time to round up your homies and chip in for the May 2 showdown, or hit one of the local watering holes.
That said, who's buying?
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