Mayweather-McGregor ticket sales sluggish as event draws near

If you have plans to attend the upcoming boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, plenty of tickets are still available.

Despite the hype surrounding the showdown between the 49-0 Mayweather, who is coming out of retirement to face off with the outspoken UFC lightweight champion, ticket sales haven’t exactly gone as expected.

With prices ranging from $500 all the way to $10,000, tickets were expected to go fast, especially after Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao selling out in a matter of minutes when those went on sale.

Unfortunately, expectations haven’t been met as of yet with hundreds of tickets still remaining on sale with groups of up to six people still able to sit together based on the seating charts available through

As of Tuesday, the lowest price for single tickets still remaining run just over $1770 before fees and taxes with numerous seats on the floor still available in the $5,000 price range.

The lower priced tickets were gobbled up almost immediately with some of those already on the secondary market with prices exceeding $2,000 for a seat that originally sold for $500.

While it appears ticket sales for the biggest fight of the year aren’t exactly in demand just yet, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe sounded satisfied with the current status of the event just over three weeks away in Las Vegas.

“We’re very excited and very happy with ticket sales so far,” Ellerbe told The Associated Press. “We’re well on our way to smashing our own record which transcended the sport.”

The record held by Mayweather and Pacquiao was over $72 million earned at the gate for their fight in 2015.

The attraction surrounding Mayweather and McGregor is undeniable but then again it’s still a hefty price to pay to attend the event in person. The two fighters engaged in a worldwide, four city tour just recently with more than 10,000 fans packing into arenas to watch Mayweather and McGregor verbally spar with each other on stage.

Still, putting down several thousand dollars for a single ticket might be scaring off some fans, who aren’t willing to pay that amount of money for the fight between Mayweather and McGregor.

Tickets remain on sale with the event set for Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.