All of the boxing world knew it would be a hard sell, but Floyd "Money" Mayweather is seeing the reality. His fight against Andre Berto is this Saturday in Las Vegas and the lack of buzz surrounding the event is unlike anything that’s been seen before for a Mayweather fight. It was just over four months ago when Mayweather was involved in the “Fight of the Century” against his longtime rival Manny Pacquiao that broke every record in terms of pay-per-view sales, money generated from the gate, sponsorships, and merchandise. However, the fight was considered a dud because of the lack of action and disappointment in both fighters’ performances.
Mayweather and his team are now getting the backlash from May 2 and it didn’t help matters that he chose Andre Berto as his final opponent, a fighter who as seen better days and is not considered a threat by any means, considering the opponents Berto has lost to and the form he’s shown in recent fights. As the fight nears, Berto is now a 32-1 underdog and not many are buying that this is indeed Mayweather’s final fight.
Mayweather vs Berto tickets are now averaging $1,101.53 on the secondary market, with the cheapest ticket priced at $219. That is a 74% decrease compared to Mayweather vs Pacquiao tickets which had an average price of $4,232.37 on the secondary market, with a get in price of $2,148.
During the leadup to the mega fight this past May, it was almost impossible to get hands on a Mayweather vs Pacquiao ticket at face value, in which a limited amount of tickets were released to the public at a price ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 for a floor seat. The fight generated about $72 million in revenue for ticket sales, though that figure has been debated to be more because of all of the tickets on the resale market that were sold.
Mayweather vs Berto tickets are much more affordable and plenty are still available, even at face price. The cheapest face value ticket for Saturday’s fight at the MGM Grand is $125 and the most expensive ticket is priced at $1,500. As of today, there are still over 2,000 tickets still available based on Ticketmaster figures. There are still over 2,000 tickets available on the resale market on TicketIQ.
It’s safe to say the fight this Saturday in Vegas will not break any records and it remains to be seen just how well the pay per view will perform for Mayweather vs Berto. The Mayweather vs Pacquiao PPV generated 4.4 million buys, at a record price of $99.95 in high definition, almost doubling the previous record of PPV buys, generating over a half of billion dollars.
It’s believed Mayweather earned close to $300 million for the bout, with Pacquiao earning about half at around $150 million. Whatever the PPV figures are for Mayweather vs Berto, which is selling for $74.95 for a high definition feed, Floyd will earn his guarantee minimum at $32 million.
Mayweather, this Saturday at the MGM Grand, will look to record his 49th victory tying the great former Heavyweight Champion Rocky Marciano who also retired undefeated at 49-0. Mayweather will be heavily favored to keep his undefeated record intact, but there will always be an itch for him to return for fight number 50 next year.