By Erwin Lastimosa
Manny Pacquiao vs. Joshua Clottey is just a few days away and the fight has sold 41,000 tickets at Jerry’s World, Dallas Cowboys stadium, a huge $1.2 billion dollar venue that has the capacity to seat 100,000 people.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. fancies himself the cash cow of boxing and the biggest draw in the sport. Mayweather’s only drawing power is him being an undefeated villain who people want to see get knocked out.
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The “Who R U Picking?” Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Shane Mosley fight sold out within a week of the tickets being on sale.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is fighting Sugar Shane Mosley, Mosley has a pretty well known name, the two have a rocky past together, they will get an HBO 24/7 to help hype the fight and Mayweather is fighting at MGM Grand, which seats only 17,000 maximum.
Manny Pacquiao is fighting a virtual unknown in Joshua Clottey, with no HBO 24/7 to hype up “The Event” in Dallas, and selling 40,000 tickets with a no-name boxer like Clottey is an impressive feat. It’s a testament to the Pacman’s drawing power.
If the tables were turned and Mayweather Jr. fought Joshua Clottey at Dallas Cowboys stadium, I doubt he would even sell 17,000 tickets let alone 40,000.
Mayweather Jr. has no real fans. Real fans are people who will travel to see you fight, they pay to support you, not to see you lose.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, has many fans, they love him even if he loses, his fans will travel to see him fight and to support him. Before Floyd Mayweather Jr. fought Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd couldn’t even sell out his own hometown high school gymnasium.
Floyd Jr. claims to be a showman, but he never puts on a show when he fights, instead of “Money” they should call him “Mr. Refund” because people will demand a refund after watching him fight.
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Erwin Lastimosa is a long time boxing fan and enjoys boxing discussion with his peers. Some of his favorite fighters are Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Muhammad Ali, Flash Elorde, Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao.