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LAS VEGAS---Don t expect to snag a
$1,500 nosebleed ticket---or any other tick-
et---at the box office for the fight between
Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao.
Just two weeks before the bout, tickets
for the most anticipated fight in recent times
have yet to go on public sale, with the two
camps and the MGM Grand locked in a
standoff over allotments. When they are
finally put on sale, only a few will be sold
at the listed price.
The impasse has left fans in the dark, and
ticket brokers perplexed.
"It s bizarre, normally there s a public sale
ten weeks before the fight," said Connor
Gregoire, an analyst for Seatgeek.com. "To
our knowledge no one has a printed ticket
in their hands right now."
Mayweather s promoter, Leonard Ellerbe,
said Tuesday that tickets would go on sale
this week for the May 2 fight, but MGM
officials have been tight-lipped about their
availability. The hotel issued a statement
yesterday saying there would be a "limited
number of tickets available for sale" and
that it is working with promoters to finalise
a date for their release.
The fight was always going to be a tough
ticket, with announced prices of $1,500 to
$7,500 in the 16,500-seat Grand Garden
arena. But those prices have already tripled
in the resale market even before tickets are
available, and the two camps and the MGM
have been dickering over how many seats
---and at what price level---each party gets.
Pacquiao s manager, Michael Koncz,
blamed the Mayweather camp for holding
up the ticket sales, saying they have refused
to sign a term sheet negotiated months earlier
that specified the allotments.
"It s a real mess right now," Koncz said.
"I can only surmise the motivation is
greed and an attempt to manipulate the
tickets, otherwise why the holdup? I m
more than a little upset they re not for
SAKHIR---Nico Rosberg posted the fastest time
ahead of Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in
the second practice session for the Bahrain Grand
Prix yesterday, showing he s well positioned to
take his first pole position of the season.
Rosberg has taken pole in the last two races in
Bahrain and will look to complete a hat trick in
qualifying today. Hamilton has never taken pole
here but won last year ahead of Rosberg when the
race was raced under floodlights for the first time.
"I m feeling good about my pace on one lap and
the long runs too, so confidence is high," said Ros-
berg, the runner-up to Hamilton in last season s
Formula One championship.
The German driver needs a win on Sunday after
securing just one victory in his past 14 races.
With the floodlights turned on and mild tem-
peratures cooling the desert track on Friday evening,
the Mercedes pair proved too quick for the two
Ferraris---which dominated a first practice session
held in searing early-afternoon heat.
Rosberg, seeking his first win of the Formula
One season, posted a best lap of one minute, 34.647
seconds, putting him .115 quicker than Hamilton,
who has won two of the first three races this year.
"There s a few areas I need to work on to find
a bit more time," said Hamilton, who is eyeing a
fourth straight pole of the season.
Ferrari s Kimi Raikkonen was third best ahead
of teammate Sebastian Vettel. Both were more
than half a second behind Rosberg.
Raikkonen was fastest in the first session ahead
of Vettel---with Rosberg 15th and Hamilton 16th
as Mercedes drove conservatively to manage their
sale to the public."
Millions of dollars are at stake in the dispute, because
after the MGM takes its share each camp gets a certain
percentage of tickets and is able to resell them with
ticket brokers for higher prices. The estimated gate
for the tickets if they are sold at retail prices is already
a staggering $72 million, far surpassing the previous
gate record of $20 million for Mayweather s 2013 fight
with Canelo Alvarez.
Promoter Bob Arum said he has heard of people
cancelling their reservations to Las Vegas because
they re afraid they can t get tickets.
"This is not acceptable," said Arum, who promotes
Pacquiao. "This is a worldwide event that the city of
Las Vegas is involved in. It s one of the craziest things
I ve ever seen."
Gregoire said the fight is one of Seatgeek s most
searched events, but that only a few dozen tickets
have been sold through the Web site. Those tickets
are what the ticket industry calls "spec tickets" because
the sellers don t actually have them in hand, but
expect to get them before the fight.
The cheapest seat on the site yesterday was $4,800,
and Gregoire said the average sale so far is in the
At Stubhub there are no tickets for sale, spokes-
woman Alison Salcedo said, because the ticket reseller
is waiting for actual prices to be set and tickets to
Tickets have also not gone on sale for the closed
circuit telecast of the fight at the various MGM prop-
erties in Las Vegas. Thousands of those tickets are
expected to be sold to fans that can t get into the
arena itself, but no price has been set for them.
Koncz said he talked to Pacquiao on Thursday about
making sure he had enough tickets to take care of
people in his camp. He said there have been requests
from around the world for fight tickets, but that they
have been forced to put them off because of the
uncertainty over how many tickets are available and
One thing that is certain, he said, is no one---includ-
ing the celebrities who generally populate the ringside
seats---is getting in for free. (AP)
2 weeks before Mayweather-Pacquiao, not a ticket to be seen
Rosberg fastest ahead of
Hamilton in 2nd practice
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