When Conor McGregor steps into the ring with Floyd Mayweather on August 26, it will be one of the most keenly watched sporting spectacles of recent times.
The UFC lightweight champion will make his professional boxing debut against the undefeated Mayweather, a man widely regarded as the greatest defensive boxer ever.
On paper, the outcome of their clash would appear a foregone conclusion. All the smart money goes on Mayweather to dispatch the MMA upstart without too much trouble.
However, McGregor’s confidence and ability to defy conventional logic has made this an irresistible contest where most expect one result but are aware a shock could well be in the offing.
Naturally, therefore, you would expect the pair to face to a full house at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. However, according to ESPN, if the fight we to take place today, it would do so with many empty seats in the arena.
With ticket prices starting at $500 and ramping quickly northwards, making it through the doors of the arena is by no means an inexpensive undertaking.
Now, with the cheapest seats available on Ticketmaster going for a cool $3,500, it is no wonder that the uptake of tickets for the event has been far slower than many expected.
While the $99.50 pay-per-view option will certainly be highly subscribed and both fighters will reap the rewards of such, the idea of a half full arena is something they nor promoters will likely have expected.
Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, is, however, not concerned and publicly purring at the ticket sales figures.
Speaking to The Associated Press and reported by ESPN, Ellerbe believes the final gate receipt figure will surpass that of Floyd Mayweather’s massive money spinning clash with Manny Pacquiao back in 2015.
“We’re very excited and very happy with ticket sales so far.
“We’re well on our way to smashing our own record which transcended the sport.”
Despite this positive update, online checks have found that prospective buyers can purchase up to six seats together in over 160 separate locations in the 20,000 seat arena.
The only thing needed is seriously deep pockets.