Personally, I want to know if this fight will be arranged or legitimate. Several sources claim that this is going to be the fight of the century. According to Televisa Sports, Mayweather is estimated to take 120 million dollars and Pacquiao a little less than that (80 million dollars). However, another note from Business Insider says that Pacquiao and Mayweather will be bringing home around $300 million. Between the two, Mayweather will take 60% of the earnings, leaving Pacquiao with the other 40%.
This Business Insider article is very interesting because it explains precisely where the money that will be paid to both opponents comes from. It also alludes to the millions of dollars that this fight will generate. For example, according to Business Insider, MGM, the arena in Las Vegas where the fight will take place is estimated to bring in around 72 million dollars in ticket sales. And who can doubt that if ticket prices according to Yahoo Sports are the following: $10,000, $7,500, $5,000, $3,500, $2,500 and tiers of $1,500 per seat!? The Yahoo Sports article also says that tickets with a value of $10,000 dollars are not available on sale to the public. Ticket sales began on Thursday, April 23 at 3:00 pm ET and 12:00 pm PT.
That’s only the calculation of ticket sales in the arena; it does not include the amount of money that local, regional, national, and international cable companies will make through sales to stream the fight, not to mention bars with closed-circuit sales, sponsors, merchandise sold on behalf of the two opponents, etc.
Given the circumstances and amount of money that this fight will generate internationally this Saturday, May 2, do you think that the fight will be legitimate?
James Gallegos from “Quora” says it probably will be legitimate, but that Pacquiao will have to win the match by knockout. Any other way, the victory will be given to Mayweather simply because he will fighting at home and within the United States.
But other media outlets like ESPN Boxing Sports have commented in the past that the matches are only about sales, as in this ESPN article which talks about the fourth fight between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Márquez.
With these records and the history of past memorable fights, there will always a doubt that some fights are arranged to generate double the earnings. And I personally believe that the next fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather would not be an exception.
What do you think? Who will be your favorite?
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