- Fight with Berto will be Sept. 12 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas
- Median list price for historic bout is $2,154, says SeatGeek
Didn’t buy a ticket to the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout in May? You can use that cash for Floyd Mayweather’s Sept. 12 return and have enough left over to treat nine of your friends.
Mayweather, seeking to tie Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 boxing record set almost 60 years ago, Wednesday announced plans to defend his WBC and WBA welterweight world titles against Andre Berto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The least expensive resale tickets for the fight are listed for $493, according to secondary market ticket aggregator SeatGeek. That’s less than a tenth the $5,321 price asked for the cheapest tickets a month before Mayweather beat Pacquiao at the same venue.
“You can sit in the back corner of the arena for about $500 a person, and lower bowl seats are ranging for between $2,000 and $5,000,” Chris Leyden, an analyst for New York-based SeatGeek, said in an e-mail. “Down on the floor, tickets start at about $4,500 and go all the way up to about $12,000 to sit just three rows from the ring.”
The median list price is $2,154, compared to the $9,037 average that was sought a month out from the Mayweather-Pacquiao bout. Face-value ticket pricing and sale information will be disclosed later this week.
Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs), 38, will be fighting at the MGM Grand for the 12th straight time, completing a six-fight deal he signed with Showtime Networks Inc. in 2013.
"I’m ready to get back in the ring on Sept. 12 and prove again to the whole world why I’m the best ever," Mayweather said in a statement. "I always bring my A-game, and this fight against Andre Berto is no exception. He’s a young, strong fighter who is hungry to take down the best. Forty-eight have tried before, and on Sept. 12, I’m going to make it 49."
Berto (30-3, 23 KOs), is a 31-year-old two-time welterweight champion whose last fight was a sixth-round technical knockout of Josesito Lopez on March 13.
“Best believe that I plan to bring it to Floyd and I’m not concerned about what 48 other fighters have been unable to do,” Berto said in a statement. Somebody is getting knocked out and it won’t be me. You don’t want to miss this.”
Marciano retired in 1956 with a 49-0 record. Mayweather moved within one victory of Marciano’s record with a unanimous decision May 2 over Pacquiao, a match that was heavily anticipated and years in the making.
Revenue on the Las Vegas Strip rose 30 percent that weekend as Mayweather-Pacquiao drew a record $70 million in ticket sales according to MGM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Murren.