Thursday, February 4, 2010

Demand strong for Pacquiao fight tickets By NICK GIONGCO

The most expensive ticket for the March 13 fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey in Dallas – selling for just $700 – is selling for as much as ten times its retail price on the Internet.

Top Rank began releasing tickets to the public on Jan. 23 and hours after it was made available, 25,000 were gobbled up and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said he expects to announce a sellout soon.

The cheapest ticket is $50, while other seats sell for $500, $400, $300, $200 and $100.

The Cowboys Stadium, which can accommodate as much as 100,000, will be reconfigured to 40,000 come fight night. This will be the first time the stadium will play host to boxing.

The on-line seller StubHub lists the $700 ticket on front row at $7,500, while other low-priced seats are selling more than their retail price.

“I don’t care,” Arum said when asked about the prohibitive prices being peddled on the Internet. “We’re selling it on retail (price).”

The fight will also be available on pay-per-view.

The $1.2-billion Cowboys Stadium is actually located in the city of Arlington, which is on the outskirts of Dallas.


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