A snafu over tickets for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight is close to resolution, Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said tonight (Tuesday).
Arum said he has received a ticket manifest from officials at MGM Grand and that his concerns about tickets not going on sale yet have been alleviated.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” Arum said. “We’re not there yet but we’re moving in the right direction. Everything’s going to be fine.”
Only a limited number of the approximately 16,300 tickets will be available for public sale. Tickets are scaled at $1,500 to $7,500.
Arum told multiple media outlets this week, including some earlier Tuesday, that he was concerned that the ticket mess would threaten the May 2 welterweight unification.
That concern was alleviated “because they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing,” Arum said.
“Today, for the first time, we received a manifest, laying out our tickets. They weren’t giving us that,” he added.
Arum said he believes Mayweather adviser Al Haymon and MGM Grand officials, specifically Richard Sturm, president of MGM Resorts Entertainment and Sports, conspired to withhold tickets for inflated sale on secondary markets.
He said he sought the intervention of CBS president Leslie Moonves, who has been involved heavily in many of the more difficult aspects of the promotion, to secure a breakthrough.
“They stonewalled,” Arum said. “This whole conspiracy between Haymon and Sturm has caused what is the problem — and with the help of Moonves, we’re working through it. So I’m optimistic that the biggest impediment looks like it’s solved.”