Monday, August 30, 2010

Pacquiao-Margarito ticket prices from $50 to $700

By Jason Kim: For boxing fans that are interested in traveling to Arlington, Texas to watch the November 13th bout between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito at the Cowboy Stadium, they got good news because the tickets will go for the same prices as Pacquiao’s recent March 13th fight against the little known Joshua Clottey, which also took place at the Cowboy Stadium. Tickets will go for $50, $100, $200, $300, and $500. You got to figure that the $50 tickets will be way up in the nosebleed section of the stadium where visibility might be poor without a good pair of binoculars. The reason the tickets are priced so affordable is because the stadium fits 100,000 boxing fans and there’s no way that the Pacquiao-Margarito fight will bring in those kinds of numbers. A fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. might if they make the fight soon while boxing fans are still somewhat interested in it, but if they wait too much longer, it’s likely that the interest will die down to the point where it might not do much better than Pacquiao’s fight against Margarito. The Pacquiao vs. Margarito bout will likely be driven by Pacquiao’s Filipino and Margarito’s Hispanic boxing fans. That’s where the huge interest is for this fight.

Those fans will back their fighters regardless. For the rest of the boxing fans, they’re not particularly interested in this fight because of a combination of factors, such as Margarito’s recent hand wrap suspension, his loss to Shane Mosley last year and subsequent poor performance against Roberto Garcia, Pacquiao never having fought at junior middleweight before and Margarito only having fought once at that weight in the past six years. Pacquiao and Margarito will be fighting for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title and will be leaping over a lot of other contenders in the division with much more experience in that weight class than either Margarito or Pacquiao.

Jerry Jones, the owner of the Cowboys football and stadium, will be advertising the Pacquiao vs. Margarito fight on his stadium billboard during the Cowboys football teams home games before November 13th. This should help in selling more tickets and creating more interest for the fight. Also, HBO will be putting together a four-part HBO Pacquiao-Margarito 24/7 to hype the fight and get more people interested in paying the $49.95 to watch the fight on pay per view. Bob Arum, who promotes both Pacquiao and Margarito, will be looking to add to of his star fighters in his Top Rank stable Guillermo Rigondeaux and Kelly Pavlik to the undercard in separate bouts. That could help a little to get fans of Pavlik and Rigondeaux to purchase tickets and buy the fight on PPV.


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