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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Ticket prices range from $1500-7500

Rich? Famous? Somehow connected? You're good for May 2. A regular Joe? You're probably not going.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Mayweather Promotions' CEO Leonard Ellerbe announced at today's Mayweather vs Pacquiao press conference that an announcement for ticket availability to the May 2 fight will be made shortly, with prices ranging from $1500-7500 to see the bout live at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

It's expected that very few tickets will actually be made available to the public, despite this being billed and talked up as an event "for the fans." In reality, the "for the fans" part will be the $100 pay-per-view and closed circuit locations in Las Vegas.

This is not exactly unexpected, and all things considered, the only way this fight was going to happen was if it took place in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. There was never really any hope for a stadium show in Dallas or anything of the sort, because the money simply isn't the same as it is in Las Vegas, where 14,000 tickets can at least double the revenue of 40,000 in Texas, even for a fight of this magnitude. And there was never any actual chance of the fight going international to a place like Macau or Dubai, because Mayweather has a deal with the MGM Grand, and is of course very comfortable fighting there.

The money had to be big enough for the fight to happen at all, and this is how it's big enough. The average fan has to be priced out for the live event.

So if you were hoping to get tickets to see the biggest fight of the era live, good luck! And hopefully you've got deep pockets.

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