Mayweather vs. McGregor: Tickets will be very expensive for Aug. 26 fight date

Mayweather vs McGregor Fight Preview, Prediction and more

Oh, you want to see former pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather and UFC champion Conor McGregor fight it out live in Las Vegas? It’s going to cost you — a lot. According to Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions, tickets for the fight will start at $500 and range up to $10,000. The $500 tickets will be limited, of course, with the average ticket cost expected to be in the thousands of dollars. The Mayweather-McGregor bout will go down on Saturday, Aug. 26 live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The listed capacity is 20,000 for boxing, so an eight-figure gate could go along with a record pay-per-view buy rate making this potentially the biggest money-making combat sports event of all-time. Showtime will broadcast the event on PPV at a price of $89.95 ($99.95 for high definition). By the time Mayweather-McGregor ticket hit the resale market, expect the best to exceed low-to-mid six-figures. Tickets for Mayweather-Pacquiao went for more than $300,000 a week ahead of the fight.

Mayweather vs McGregor Fight Preview, Prediction and more

Mayweather vs McGregor Fight

Only 47 more days until we can all put this behind us. A parting tip for Showtime ahead of the remaining tour stops: why turn off McGregor’s microphone during Mayweather’s sermon? I’d understand if the trash talk was the side course per usual, but don’t hold out on us when events like today’s are effectively the main course. The two fighters have been trading barbs on social media for months as anticipation for a fight that has been hailed by former UFC fighter Brendan Schaub as “the biggest sporting event of our lifetimes” continues to heighten. The first stop of a world press tour to promote the event was held at Staples Centre in Los Angeles today. McGregor made an uncharacteristic move by arriving on stage first. Notorious for being late to UFC press conferences, the Irishman walked boldly on stage in a three-piece suit before posing for photographs. Check out the detail on his pinstripe.

Mayweather vs McGregor Fight Preview

Mayweather emerged through the crowd soon after with his entourage, but one Irish fan scored an early point for their man by throwing an Irish flag at the boxing champ. The two faced off on stage and adopted different approaches. McGregor was playful, talking and moving. Mayweather stayed still and stony-faced as the mind games began. Unfortunately, this was a boxing press conference, so unlike UFC events where president Dana White immediately asks for questions, we were forced to wait for the suits to make long-winded statements. Fittingly, they were booed. But the crowd exploded as White introduced McGregor — and the two division champ immediately targeted Mayweather’s dress sense. “He’s in a f***ing tracksuit,” McGregor said. “He can’t even afford a suit anymore.” Mayweather wasn’t the only one who may have regretted their wardrobe choice. TV presenter Karyn Bryant was caught out when the live feed of the press conference Fox Sports was carrying suddenly cut out.

Mayweather vs McGregor Fight But attention quickly returned to the stage — and McGregor kept up with the barbs. “I don’t fear him, I don’t fear his limited set,” McGregor added. “This isn’t a true fight. If this was a true fight, it wouldn’t take one round.” Despite being promoted as a press conference, there weren’t any opportunities for the media to ask the fighters questions. Instead, they both spoke for about 10 minutes each and the format played into Mayweather’s favor as the usual back-and-forth which McGregor thrives in was limited. “I’m the A-side,” Mayweather said. “That’s why this b**** had to come to the boxing ring.” “He looks good for a seven-figure fighter; he looks good for an eight-figure fighter, but the mother, I’m a nine-figure fighter,” Mayweather added.