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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: Two weeks out, tickets still nowhere to be found

As bizarre as it seems, the tickets for Mayweather-Pacquiao have still yet to go on sale, and some are speculating that they never will.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

We're now just under two weeks away from the megafight and tickets have still haven't gone on sale. Some people may not care too much about this as less than 1,000 tickets were expected to go on sale to the general public, but even those are nowhere to be found. Usually, tickets are available for sale at least 10-weeks out for an event. Manny Pacquiao's adviser, Michael Koncz, blames greed and the Mayweather camp for the ongoing dispute between Team Mayweather and Team Pacquiao over the ticket allotment between the sides.

"It's a real mess right now," Koncz said. "I can only surmise the motivation is greed and an attempt to manipulate the tickets, otherwise why the holdup? I'm more than a little upset they're not for sale to the public."

Some revenue, in what could amount to millions of dollars, is in jeopardy here. Bob Arum is even stating that he's now hearing stories of people canceling their reservations in Las Vegas, worried that they won't get their hands on a ticket. Some ticket vendors are also not even willing to sell speculative tickets (ones they don't actually have in hand) because of how up-in-ther-air everything is, and aren't willing to carry that risk. Additionally, tickets haven't gone on sale for closed circuit either. Clearly this rollout of the fight hasn't gone off without a hitch.

Now, reporters at Bloomberg are speculating that the public sale of tickets may never actually take place, and that resale with a substantial markup may be the only market for tickets. A spokesman for aggregator TiqIQ, Chris Matcovich, shares his thoughts on the sale of tickets.

"It was supposed to be three weeks ago, then two weeks, then this week, and my gut feeling is that they won't have that public sale," Matcovich said in a telephone interview.

With no public sale of tickets, it would mean that all available tickets will be split between the MGM Grand and the Mayweather/Pacquiao camps, leaving the only possible access to tickets to be on the secondary market. In short, any tickets that will be accessible will likely go for a king's ransom.

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