Fans looking to pack into MGM Grand Garden Arena and get a glimpse of the ceremonial pre-fight weigh-in before the epic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao bout will have fork over $10 to do so.
But don’t worry, it’s all going to charity.
“All of the money that is generated from the weigh-in, every dollar, is going to charity,” Brad Jacobs, the executive event producer for Top Rank, Pacquiao’s promoter, told ESPN.com.
(Proceeds with be split in half – Pacquiao’s take going Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, and Mayweather’s going to the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation)
The admission fee marks the first time this has even been done in Boxing, and quite frankly, we’re surprised some other promoter, perhaps Don King or Bob Arum didn’t think of this sooner… of course with the money going into their pockets instead of charity.
“What we wanted to do was avoid the craziness you’ve seen at the Mayweather and Pacquiao weigh-ins where you have people sleeping out in front of the arena the night before and basically camping out,” Jacobs said. “We want to avoid that. We want some orderly fashion to it so people needed to have a ticket like they need to a concert or a fight, so there’s no reason for a big crowd to get there the night before.
“They will all be reserved seats. You have your ticket. There’s no craziness waiting in line trying to get into the arena.”