The August 26 fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has been billed as the biggest bout in the history of combat sports – but promoters are struggling to shift tickets with the fight now only a few weeks away.
Mayweather and McGregor embarked on a press conference tour late last month, visiting three countries across four straight night, and their comments and antics certainly had the sports world talking.
However, that has not resulted in a sell-out at the box office. In fact, there are still plenty of tickets left if you want to take in the showdown between the undefeated former world boxing champion and the current UFC lightweight title-holder – but it will cost you a pretty penny with ticket prices not for the faint-hearted.
Mayweather vs McGregor tickets – Fans priced out
Fans rushed to snap up the £390 ‘cheap seats’ when tickets went on sale on July 24, but since then sales have slowed down considerably and there are thousands still available to buy on Ticketmaster and on resale sites, with prices ranging from $3,500 all the way up to $15,000.
“There’s fairly little sales going on in general,” said Chris Leyden, a content analyst for SeatGeek.com. “I think a lot of it has to do with where prices are now. I think people are a little uncomfortable paying this much or maybe even more.”
“We’re not necessarily seeing demand levels for the fight yet,” StubHub spokeswoman Johnna Hoff said. “The encouraging part is people are buying some tickets.”
Promoter Leonard Ellerbe is refusing to panic, insisting the fight will sell out and smash the boxing gate record of almost £55million set by Mayweather v Pacquiao, but ticketing expert and professor of sports business at Temple, Joris Drayer, believes they may have botched their price structure by failing to consider additional costs for fight fans – including travel and accommodation.
“This is the challenge when pricing a one-of-a-kind type of event,” Drayer said. “No-one knows what the demand will be. In this case, it seems the promoters overestimated what people would be willing to pay — and how many of those people willing to pay thousands would actually attend the event.”
Live Streaming Options For The Money Fight
The promoters now have less than four weeks to shift the remaining tickets, but for those not looking to attend the fight it has now been confirmed who will be broadcasting in the two main markets for Mayweather v McGregor.
Showtime Sports will be broadcasting in high definition and standard definition in the United States, both on television and online, and the price will range from $89.95 to $99.95. Fans in the United States will also have an opportunity to watch the big fight on the big screen after a deal was struck for Mayweather v McGregor to be shown in cinemas across the country, with the ticket price being $40.
In the United Kingdom and Ireland, fight fans will be able to watch Mayweather v McGregor live on Sky Sports Box Office. UK viewers will be charged £19.95 for the fight with Irish fans paying €24.95, and they will not be restricted to watching the bout on television because the PPV will also be available as a live stream online.