In 11 days, the biggest fight in boxing history will take place and yet tickets for the fight and tickets to watch the event on closed-circuit television in Las Vegas haven't even gone on sale yet. That is unheard of so close to any event, let alone something as big as this fight has become.
During the press conference in March to announce the fight, Mayweather Promotions CEO Leornard Ellerbe announced that ticket prices were going to range from $1,500 to $7,500.
Then a couple weeks ago, ticket prices were adjusted from the original price and were now set to $1,500- $10,000 due to the high demand from the public. The demand is there, but no supply. Why is that?
Top Rank CEO and Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum placed the blame squarely Mayweather's advisor, Al Haymon. The Mayweather camp strongly disputes the claim and Arum is just full of sour grapes.
"He just can't stomach the fact that he's not the lead promoter," Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe told Yahoo Sports.
Tickets for the event were to distributed between both fight camps, Showtime, HBO and the MGM Grand.
If people thought both camps were going to get along and be all jolly until the fight ended, that isn't close to being the case.
Both camps have going back and forth before the fight was officially announced. Those things included who would introduce the official announcement of the fight at the press conference, who would walk out first at the presser, who would come out last to the ring on fight night, sponsors for the fight and price of the pay-per-view. The price of the latter hasn't been made official, but it looks like the price will be $99.99 for high definition and $89.99 in standard definition.
It is hard to believe that we are so close to the fight and some of the important issues aren't even finalised yet.
Who is to blame for tickets not yet being on sale? Hopefully we get the answer real soon as flights and hotels need to be booked and tickets need to be bought.