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De la Hoya-Pacquiao sells out, gate near $17 million

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Top Rank's Bob Arum and Golden Boy chief Oscar de la Hoya, two very happy men.



Organizers announced that all of the approximately 16,000 tickets to "The Dream Match" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (HBO PPV) sold out for a gate of almost $17 million.

The total makes De La Hoya-Pacquiao the second-biggest gate in boxing history, surpassed only by the $18,419,200 worth of tickets sold for De La Hoya's fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5, 2007.

The total surpasses the $16,860,300 generated by the 1999 heavyweight championship rematch in Las Vegas between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, promoters said.

It means De La Hoya will be a part of four of the top 10 gates in Nevada history; his bouts with Felix Trinidad and Bernard Hopkins are also in the top 10.

Not bad, huh?

Oscar remains a force of nature when it comes to selling a fight and capturing public interest, and Pacquiao proves to be a worthy advesary, at least at the box office.

The closer this fight gets, the less concern I have about how uncompetitive I think it could be, and the more I find myself bending to the fact that it is an interesting fight, and it's absolutely an event. In short, I'm failing to not get swept up in the anticipation. The crowd will be rocking, the atmosphere will be electric, and Manny Pacquiao has a chance to do something very, very special.

That should be enough, I guess. Consider me a flip-flopper on this one.