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Ticket sale means there’s no stopping super fight

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A major development in the May 3 “Fight of the Century” between pound-for-pound rivals Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. just took place.

The Daily Mail is reporting that tickets to the super fight had just gone on sale, making what has been dubbed the richest combat sport event of all time finally official with a mere 10 days to go.

According to the news site, some 1,000 tickets to the 16,500-seat MGM Grand Garden Arena were put on public sale, with prices ranging from $1,500 and $7,500 each. None of the super-ringside tickets costing $10,000 were made available.

While this means that the vast majority of the public won’t get to see the welterweight title unification bout live (a foregone conclusion given the exhaustively negotiated terms of the fight), the sale of the tickets gives a sigh of relief to the boxing world and everyone who cares about boxing that the Pacquiao-Mayweather would indeed push through.

Although the terms of the contract have been agreed upon by both fighters’ camps back in February, the actual fight contract had remained unsigned, causing the hold up to the ticket sales for the MGM Grand and the closed-circuit viewings at MGM properties around Las Vegas.

It was reported, however, that a meeting between Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank, Mayweather advisor Al Haymon and CBS television mogul Les Moonves led to the thorny issue being settled and speculation about the $400-million bout not taking place dismissed with a good measure of certainty.

“The issues over the number of tickets, credentials and hotel rooms to be made available to each camp were all resolved,” the report said.

Pacquiao, the sport’s only eight-division champion, and Mayweather, the undefeated defensive specialist are set to make $120 million and $180 million, respectively, from their much-awaited duel.

Arum probably summed it up best when he said, “There’s too much at stake for the plug to be pulled.” (Randy K. Ortega)