Business tycoon Manny V. Pangilinan said that he would give all-out support should a rematch between his compatriot Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be held in the Philippines. The two boxing legends are set to fight on May 2 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pangilinan and Pacquiao held a teleconference at the Philippine Long Distance Telecommunication Company office in Makati City with members of the media on Friday.
“One hundred percent we will support you Manny if ever a fight against Mayweather Jr. will be held here in the Philippines,” Pangilinan told Pacquiao. “Good luck to you and the entire country will support and pray for you.”
Pacquiao said that should a rematch with Mayweather is in order, which is highly likely regardless of who wins on May 2, he wants the bout to be held in the Philippines.
“If ever we’re going to fight again, I like the rematch to be held here in the Philippines since we already have the Philippine Arena in Bulacan,” said Pacquiao. “Everything is fine. I’m in good condition and ready. Let’s talk about it when I go back home.”
The last time Pacquiao fought in the Philippines was in July 2, 2006 when he defeated Oscar Larios via unanimous decision at the Araneta Coliseum.
Mega bout weigh-in tickets to cost $10
Promoters of the Pacquiao- Mayweather mega fight have taken the unusual step of charging for the weigh-in after a limited number of tickets for the fight were snapped up almost immediately on Thursday (Friday in Manila).
Tickets for the May 1 weigh-in, also at the Grand Garden Arena inside the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas, will go on sale Friday and cost $10 each.
“The weigh-in is always the grand finale of fight week activities.” said Leonard Ellerbe, chief executive of Mayweather Promotions.
“And with the massive interest in this fight, the number of fans looking to attend the official weigh-in is going to be something we’ve never seen before.”
Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum said on Thursday the money from the sale of weigh-in tickets will to charity.
“The charge of $10 for the weigh-in will benefit two great charities. All proceeds will go right to them. This is a win-win situation for all,” said Arum.
Under Arizona law, weigh-ins are supposed to be free to the public. But promoters are hoping that by charging $10 they will discourage thousands of boxing fans from camping out overnight at the MGM to try and snag a ticket.
Mayweather against Pacquiao is the biggest boxing spectacle in recent memory and it will go a long way towards determining who is the greatest fighter of their era.
A very limited number of tickets for the richest fight in boxing history went on sale Thursday and sold out quickly. The Los Angeles Times reported that just 500 tickets in the 16,800 seat arena were made available to the general public.
The tickets for the public were priced as high as $7,500 with the cheapest going for $1,500.
The release of fight night tickets comes just nine days before the May 2 fight after their distribution was held up for weeks because of a contract dispute between Pacquiao’s camp, Mayweather Promotions and the MGM Hotel.
With report from AFP