Sunday, January 24, 2010

Over 20,000 tickets sold for Pacquiao-Clottey fight in first three hours – News

By Jason Kim: If the way that today’s tickets for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey were being bought up, there’s a chance that they may be able to sell out the huge 100,000 seat Dallas Cowboy stadium for their March 13th bout in Arlington, Texas. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN, over 20,000 tickets were sold in just the first three bouts today by eager boxing fans, the first day that the Pacquiao-Clottey tickets were put on sale.

The tickets, which go from $50, $100, $200, $300, $500 and $700, are selling at such a rapid rate that there’s an excellent chance that the entire stadium may soon be completely sold out for the fight. As of now, the stadium was reconfigured to fight 40,000 fans.

This was done because they weren’t sure how many people would be interested in coming to see the fight. However, they will have to reconfigure the stadium again to allow more fans to see the fight if tickets keep flying off the shelves the way they have today. Arum thinks that the 100,000 figure can be reached, according to Rafael.

Of course, the real money is made in pay per view sales, not ticket sales. However, this is an excellent sign that the PPV numbers might be huge as well. This is pretty shocking when you take in the fact that Clottey isn’t a well known fighter to casual boxing fans. What we’re seeing is fans buying tickets just to see Pacquiao. They obviously don’t care who he’s fighting because there hasn’t been a huge buzz about this fight anywhere near the excitement that was starting to build for the failed fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is licking his chops after seeing today’s ticket sales, saying “It’s going to be quite a night. And Jerry [Jones, the Dallas Cowboy stadium and team owner] isn’t just a one-event guy. If he sees this as a success you can be sure he’ll do more boxing in that great stadium.”


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