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$10k floor seats for Mayweather v Pacquiao; Jinkee arrives; Victory parade

Nick Giongco 23/03/2015

Mayweather Promotions

The choice seat – which will cost about $10,000 (P450,000) – for the May 2 super fight starring Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, won’t be available to the general public.

“Those are the floor seats and the public won’t get those,” said Pacquiao adviser Mike Koncz yesterday from Los Angeles.

During last week’s press conference, the promoters announced that the cheapest will sell at $1,500 a pop, while the most expensive will retail at $7,500.

Apparently, there are more expensive tickets than the publicized top-end $7,500.

The public sale has yet to begin although it is estimated that just a few hundreds will be released for the public’s consumption as the casinos, the TV networks (Showtime and HBO) and promoters, Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, will have their cut of the coveted fight tickets.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said even Hollywood A-listers and high-profile politicians will have to look elsewhere for tickets.

PACQUIAO’S ARRIVAL

Sarangani vice-governor Jinkee Pacquiao, wife of boxing star Manny Pacquiao, has arrived in Los Angeles to provide morale boost to the Filipino ring icon, who is getting ready to face Floyd Mayweather on May 2 in Las Vegas.

Jinkee was joined in the trip from Manila by sons Jimuel and Michael Stephen, daughters Princess and Queenie and nine-month old Israel.

Key members of Pacquiao’s family are expected to arrive in the final days leading to the big fight at the MGM Grand.

SOLAR ECLIPSE

Solar Entertainment has won the broadcast rights to show the Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather welterweight showdown live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz said Solar will determine which TV channel will be used to beam the much-awaited bout.

Koncz didn’t disclose how much Solar coughed up to win the broadcast rights for boxing’s richest fight ever.

Expected to slug it out for the right to become the official Pacquiao-Mayweather channel are GMA 7, ABS-CBN and TV5. The three outfits sent teams to cover last week’s press conference at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

VICTORY PARADE

Top Rank chief Bob Arum is looking forward to making a return trip to the Philippines immediately after the May 2 Las Vegas battle between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.

In an interview with CBS Sports, the 83-year-old Arum said the first order of the day after Pacquiao brushes off Mayweather is book a trip to Manila to take part in a ticker tape parade that the Filipino star will receive.

Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks

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