Ticket to Ride

By Robert Ecksel on April 22, 2015
Ticket to Ride
The more things change, or are alleged to have changed, the more they stay the same.

Given the enthusiasm surrounding Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, could this have possibly been handled less professionally?

“Why shouldn’t truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense.”—Mark Twain

With the Fight of the Millennium a little more than a week away, the public has been assured, somewhat unreassuringly, that tickets should go on sale soon. The handful of tickets that will be available, assuming any tickets will be available, should be swept up by ticket brokers and scalped like a human trophy.

Why have no tickets have been offered to the public? Everyone is always talking about the fans, how it’s all for the fans, and if it weren’t for the fans they’d be just another bum in the park. But of course that’s just talk, no more significant than a politician talking about the voters.

There’s plenty of finger pointing going on, as usual, but facts are in short supply.

Bob Arum blames Al Haymon. Leonard Ellerbe blames Bob Arum. Oscar De La Hoya blames Leonard Ellerbe. And if Al Haymon blames anyone, he’s not telling. But the rest of us, nameless, faceless, but opinionated nonetheless, blame a system that appears to be awash in incompetence.

Many believed, this writer among them, that the “red light district of sports” had stopped turning tricks in empty lots and was now demurely sitting at a fancy bar daubed in French perfume. But the more things change, or are alleged to have changed, the more they stay the same.

Given the enthusiasm surrounding the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, especially considering how long it took to make, could this have possibly been handled less professionally?

The chance meeting between the principals at a basketball game in Miami set this thing in motion—and it has been rushed from day one. Believing that this had to happen on Cinco de Mayo weekend meant that there would be no multi-city, let alone multi-country press conferences, in addition to a botched Pacquiao teleconference call, no tickets, and God knows what else.

But the contract was presumably signed today. Tickets, of which there are 500, according to Dan Rafael, with a sticker price ranging in price from $1500-$7500, will be available shortly. And Mayweather had a successful teleconference call this afternoon about which I wasn’t informed.

In other words, all is not lost.

But if this is any indication of what to expect on fight night, assuming fight night comes off without a hitch, can we expect Manny to recklessly jump into a Mayweather right hand and it will be over just like that? It needn’t be that way. But if recent history is any guide, it wouldn’t be surprising.

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  1. Koolz 12:52pm, 04/23/2015

    Tickets?  went on sale… and… sold out in a minute!

  2. Koolz 11:58am, 04/23/2015

    I thought Arum was the reason Tickets weren’t sold yet, something about not signing a contract.  Arum was blaming Mayweather, something about having or wanting to much control.
    Ah Arum he would have built a Colosseum in a desert for Pac and Mayweather fight!
    Mayweather he doesn’t want to work with Arum and he already has a mansion with an inside theater in the middle of a desert.

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