4. How do you watch Mayweather-Pacquiao?
Even if you’re a movie star you might struggle to get into the 16,800 MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2. It’s unlikely more than 1,000 tickets will be released to the public, and according to Scott Spreitzer, a presenter on ESPN Radio 111, the hotel and casino will not consider selling ringside spot to anyone unless they have a $250,000 credit line with them. Already ticket agencies are advertising seats on the floor (not ringside) for as high as £45,000 and the ‘cheap’ seats are a bargain at just £5,000.
Too expensive? Well, if you can get out to Las Vegas – and prices for flights and hotels are already rising – expect to pay at least $200 (£130) for entry into the MGM to watch on closed circuit TV. The PPV price in the US is being reported as $89.95 (or $99.95 on HD) for the joint Showtime/HBO broadcast.
In the UK the television situation is unclear. Sky Sports will be the favourite to secure rights for the fight, and if they do, expect a PPV price significantly higher than the £16.95 they’ve charged for recent Box Office events. However, BT Sport and BoxNation are also interested and should not be discounted.