Saturday 18 November 2017

Floyd Mayweather's much-anticipated fight with Conor McGregor could take place in front of 7,000 empty seats

22 August 2017; Floyd Mayweather Jr during the Grand Arrival at Toshiba Plaza in Las Vegas, USA, ahead of his boxing match with Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday August 26. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
22 August 2017; Floyd Mayweather Jr during the Grand Arrival at Toshiba Plaza in Las Vegas, USA, ahead of his boxing match with Conor McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday August 26. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Jim Daly

The much-anticipated bout between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather could end up taking place in front of up to 7,000 empty seats at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas due to slow ticket sales.

Despite the massive hype surrounding the first of its kind crossover fight between unbeaten five-division world champion Mayweather and highly decorated MMA fighter McGregor, many seats in the 18,000-capacity arena remain unsold.

According to the BCC's boxing correspondent Mike Costello tickets are 'not flying off the shelves' with just four days to go until the clash on Saturday evening.

The price hike of many tickets being sold on resale sites may have something to do with it, with the cheapest available $500 (£400) going for around  $1,300 (£1,000) although some prices have started to come down.

But despite the huge buzz surrounding the welterweight clash between UFC champion McGregor, who is stepping into the ring for the first time as a professional boxer, and Mayweather, who is coming out of retirement for the clash, nearly half the arena's seats could be empty if sales don't improve.

Front row seats are going for around $100,250 (£78,223) for the fight, which many boxing fans have dismissed as nothing more than a freak show.

Although the Los Angeles Times has reported that ticket sales are on the up as the fight creeps closes, it is in stark contrast to Mayweather's 'fight of the century' with Manny Pacquiao two years ago when tickets were almost impossible to get hold of.

The MGM Grand in Vegas has also cut prices three times on accommodation with many rooms still available for boxing fans who want to make the trip.

The pair have already nearly come to blows, clashing during Tuesday's Grand Arrival ceremony in Vegas as their two entourages walked into each other in the latest example of bravado and fireworks that has surrounded this fight since it was announced.

Furthermore, Mayweather has had to confirm the fight will still go ahead even if McGregor fails to make the 154lbs weight limit needed for the bout to take place.

"If he doesn't make the weight we'll still fight but it's going to be a heavy fine,” Mayweather said.

McGregor, meanwhile, has opened up about Tuesday's opening ceremony which descended into chaos as the two fighter's entourages clashes and the Irishman squared up to former sparing partner Paulie Malignaggi.

He said: “I looked at him and he put his head down and mentioned the pictures. I said ‘mate, get over it. You look stupid, you got your a** whopped, it’s done.’

“I don’t mind Paulie, even after all of this stuff I don’t mind them. The problem was the knockdown. But I sent it out and proved what happened.”

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