For a couple weeks now there has been talk in the media about slow ticket sales for the McGregor v. Mayweather fight on Aug. 26, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. So, how does the promotor of the event explain this? He doesn't!
CEO of Mayweather Promotions, Leonard Ellerbe spoke on the issue on Thursday during Floyd's open media session at his gym in Las Vegas. Rather than trying to explain why ticket sales have been slow, he contradicted the whole idea that they are slow at all.
Stating that they have already reached over $60 million at the box office, Ellerbe definitely doesn't think that is at all slow:
"You tell me, what part of that remotely looks like ticket sales are slow. This isn’t a damn Rolling Stones concert. That’s the only thing that sells out in seconds."
But while he—as is his job as a promoter—refuses to call ticket sales slow, he did go on to discuss the high ticket prices (tickets are going for $500-$10,000), and with such a cost, people will take a little more time to plan for the event:
"When you are talking about tickets going from $500 to $10,000, that’s an expensive ticket. So you have every CEO from every major company. You know, guys, it takes time to plan and get it together."
But there is another theory about why tickets might not be selling as well as hoped, and it comes from boxing promotor and CEO of Top Rank Inc. Bob Arum. And his theory is a very simple and straightforward one that he shared with TMZ Sports: "There's a limit to the number of suckers there are."
Arum also doesn't give McGregor any chance of winning and he said that he doesn't even really consider it a fight—which is something maybe even Mayweather himself agrees with.
Mayweather crashed a live shot on ESPN's SportsCenter yesterday at his open workouts and when asked what he had to say to people who were on the fence about buying the fight said, "you got to buy the fight. It's not a fight, it's an event." And that is probably the best way to describe it.
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