Box office bust?
Despite going on sale well over a week ago, tickets for the much-ballyhooed Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor boxing match are still available for the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) spectacle taking place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Aug. 26, 2017.
In fact, “tons of good seats still remain,” according to a report from Yahoo! Sports, suggesting that combat sports fans are interested in the pre-fight hype, which involves multiple city stops, but not the finished product, which costs nearly $100 to watch at home and up to $15,000 to attend in “Sin City.”
There's a reason tons of good seats remain for what was supposed to be the year's hottest ticket. In their quest to extract every dollar possible, promoters wildly miscalculated their audience. This isn't boxing, with an established wealthy fan base willing to pay thousands of dollars as they did for Mayweather's 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao. It's entertainment, much like Wrestlemania, and a good excuse to get a few friends together for a party. But it's a little tougher to justify $15,000 (plus $1,292.81 in service fees) for two seats in Section 4, Row S of the T-Mobile arena that are so far from ringside you'll need to spend another $100 for a pair of binoculars to see the action.
And let’s not forget about food, hotel, and more importantly, beer.
Both Mayweather and McGregor have done an admirable job of selling their 12-round fight to the fans and their back-and-forth banter (sample it here) distracts from the biggest problem surrounding this match up.
Mayweather is one of the greatest pugilists of all time and McGregor has never competed in a professional boxing match in his life (watch them stare each other down right here).
That means fans will have to part with some serious cheddar to see if “Notorious” can land a knockout punch against a defensive wizard (anything is possible), because outside of the one-hitter quitter, this is likely to be a boring, one-sided affair.
How much is that worth to you?