By Keith Idec
Dana White warned fans this week to avoid getting scammed by resellers already offering absurdly expensive tickets to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor fight.
White wrote a message on his Instagram page Friday to inform fans that pricing for tickets hasn’t even been finalized. Mayweather-McGregor is scheduled to take place in nine weeks, but organizers of this huge August 26 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas haven’t decided when tickets will go on sale.
Once that happens, the UFC president is certain that they will avoid the mistakes made prior to the Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in May 2015.
That event generated an astounding $600 million-plus in overall revenue, but boxing fans felt the extremely expensive ticket prices prevented them from having any chance to sit inside MGM Grand Garden Arena that night. A very small number of tickets to Mayweather-Pacquiao were made available to the public and tickets were distributed so late, even to customers with confirmed purchases, it caused confusion and frustration.
“I never said that they priced the average fan out,” White said during a recent conference call. “What I said is they couldn’t have f***ed this thing up worse, with how late they got tickets out. I was actually a guy who bought tickets. I couldn’t even get my tickets the week of the fight. It became this thing where it was almost so impossible to get tickets, after you had already paid for them, that people started canceling their rooms and all kinds of things.
“The beautiful thing about the disaster that was that fight, is I think everybody learned from it and it won’t happen again. I think that the fight was so big, and everybody was so crazy and rabid about it, that a lot of mistakes were made that cost them money, which is hilarious to say because it was the biggest money-making fight of all time. So as bad as I think it got screwed up in some areas, they still did OK on it. So, yeah, I think we gained from the mistakes that were made and the knowledge that they have now of what went wrong with that fight.”
Tickets to the 12-round, 154-pound boxing match between Las Vegas’ Mayweather (49-0, 26 KOs) and Ireland’s McGregor (21-3, 18 KOs in MMA) figure to be exceptionally expensive as well. The pay-per-view price for Mayweather-McGregor hasn’t been announced, either, but it is expected to cost at least $100.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.