May-Pac news: Holyfield backs upset; Tickets set to go on sale
Evander Holyfield is going against the grain and is picking Manny Pacquiao to upset Floyd Mayweather on May 2 in Las Vegas.
“Mayweather won’t win because from what I’ve seen, boxing doesn’t want nobody to get out (of boxing) undefeated,” said Holyfield, former undisputed world heavyweight champion, in an interview with Sports On Earth.
Holyfield, famous for stopping Mike Tyson in 1996, feels Pacquiao is going to win a close decision and that a rematch would likely be made owing to the money that it will generate.
TICKETS NEXT WEEK
Tickets for the much-awaited May 2 battle between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will go on sale sometime late next week, according to the Los Angeles Times.
But less than a thousand will be made available to the public and the high-priced $10,000 (floor seat) won’t be among those that will be sold. Other tickets are priced at $7,500, $5,000, $3,500, $2,500 and $1,500.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said a staggering $70-million will be generated by the sales, which is much, much more than the current gate record of $20,000 that was posted in 2013 when Mayweather fought Canelo Alvarez.
The MGM Grand Garden Arena will accommodate a little over 16,000 during fight night.
Come April, several media outlets will begin camping out in Las Vegas to chronicle the progress of Floyd Mayweather’s camp.
Even though Mayweather’s training session is held behind closed doors, it won’t be difficult to track him unlike Manny Pacquiao, who is always surrounded by fans and his entourage.
Mayweather doesn’t have a huge following among fans and these newsmen could always get a quote or two from the pound-for-pound star.
Requests for interviews can also be done through his publicity team.
As for Pacquiao, it’s been crazy over at Hollywood as his morning roadworks have become a public spectacle.
The only time Pacquiao and Roach are away from the public’s eye is when they hook up during their afternoon training sessions.
Courtesy of Nick Giongco of the Manila Bulletin. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSpeaks