Ellerbe on ticket delay: There was confusion, but not on our part

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Esther Lin

Floyd Mayweather’s advisor Leonard Ellerbe has partially lifted the lid on what went on behind the scenes before the limited amount of tickets for the Manny Pacquiao fight were finally released to the public at 3pm (Eastern Time) on Thursday.

A minute portion of the 16,000 capacity seats at the MGM Grand were made available and only 500 lucky general sale fans got their hands on a golden ticket for the history-making clash between the two welterweight champions taking place on May 2.

Tickets for most anticipate battle of all time are now officially sold out.

Judging by Ellerbe’s comments, the delay was down to Pacquiao’s team at Top Rank disputing the allocation, which needed an intervention by CBS President Les Moonves much the same as the one that initially opened talks on making the contest a reality.

“There was confusion. Not on our part, but on the other sides part on what the agreement meant,” Ellerbe told Sky Sports News HQ.

“It’s clear what our agreement said and that was signed several months ago, but we’ve gotten past that now,” he confirmed.

Rumours had circulated that the mega-fight could even be in jeopardy if the ticket row wasn’t ironed out by the weekend, although Ellerbe’s confident statement would suggest that Mayweather’s side had total control of the outcome.