Mayweather-Berto Not Yet Sellout, Ellerbe Mum on Numbers

by David P. Greisman

Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s last fight obliterated box office records. That’s no surprise, given that Mayweather’s last fight was a highly anticipated and long awaited collision with Manny Pacquiao. His other recent bouts have also been big box office hits — including the Pacquiao fight, he holds five of the top six of Nevada’s largest grossing boxing gates and has nine spots within the Top 20.

Mayweather’s next fight isn’t akin to the Pacquiao bout. He faces Andre Berto, a brave and entertaining former welterweight titleholder but not anyone who is assumed as posing much of a threat. The bout has been maligned, but it is also being marketed on the announcement that it will be Mayweather’s final fight before he retires, and the presumption that people will believe that to be true.

With 11 days to go until Mayweather-Berto, tickets are still available, and Mayweather Promotions executive Leonard Ellerbe wouldn’t even delve into how many (or how few) are left.

“We still have tickets on sale at the MGM now,” Ellerbe said on a Sept. 1 media conference call featuring Berto. “Tickets are prices at 150, 300, 500, 750, 1,000 and 1,500.”

Those are the same ticket pricing levels that were initially announced, indicating that there are at least some available at all levels. Tickets went on sale on Aug. 7.

All of which raised the question: Approximately how many tickets are left? One reporter asked, and Ellerbe demurred.

“I haven’t read my report today,” Ellerbe said. “I don’t see why that would be any concern about how many tickets are sold.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Jubei on 09-11-2015

Mayweather is nothing without a good opponent, he has zero charisma, zero character. Hopefully more and more of him cheating gets public, this guy must be on the juice even more since he used USADA for the first time. Learned…

Comment by Mitchell Kane on 09-11-2015

NY Post says it's being scaled back to 15,000... [url][/url]

Comment by aboutfkntime on 09-02-2015

[QUOTE=BrometheusBob;16013453]Real boxing fan here[/QUOTE] ;) Be different if I was rich, but I gotta hungry wife to feed :) :) [IMG][/IMG]

Comment by Wolfie* on 09-02-2015

:lol1::lol1: Perfect time to retire. He's no longer a cash cow. His dumbass act is played out and no one wants to see him fight anymore. Good riddance. Leave already and take your dumbass fanbase with you.

Comment by El-blanco on 09-02-2015

[QUOTE=887;16013188]TBE get a solid 60 million irregardless if you punk ass haters buy it or not!!!!!!!! what you need to understand is that your one dimensional hating asses dont have no impact on his finances!!!!! step to it kiddos!!!!![/QUOTE] His…

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