Kaagad lumikha ng rekord ang $200M welterweight megabout nina Manny Pacquiao at Floyd Mayweather Jr. makaraang ihayag na sold-out ang lahat ng silid sa MGM Grand sa Mayo 2 sa loob lamang ng 15 minuto matapos ihayag ng Amerikano sa social media ang laban.

“Boxing’s mega-bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is guaranteed to spark a mass influx of humanity into Las Vegas on the weekend of May 2 – but boxing fans can forget about getting a room at the epicenter of fight week,” ayon sa ulat ni Martin Rogers sa USA Today.

“The MGM Grand, which will host the long-awaited contest between boxing’s two biggest names, appeared to have completely sold out within 15 minutes of the match-up being announced by Mayweather on the social media site Shots on Friday afternoon,” ayon pa sa ulat. “In recent days, as speculation that the two men would finally meet in the ring after more than five years of frustration and contractual wrangling, room rates for the MGM continued to rise, on what is already one of the most popular holiday weekend’s of the year.”

Nabatid na tumaas kaagad ang presyo matapos magpahiwatig si Mayweather na lalabanan niya si Pacquiao.

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“On Thursday, when it appeared Mayweather was poised to make the announcement before keeping fans on tenterhooks for one day longer, prices climbed as high as $615 per night for May 1 and 2,” dagdag sa ulat. “Even though the arena’s capacity can reach only around 17,000 – depending on any reconfiguration to try to accommodate more ticket holders – thousands of revelers are expected to flood into Sin City to take part in the associated festivities and watch on one of several closed circuits viewings at various casinos.”

Pormal namang inihayag ng magkaribal na Showtime at HBO ang pagtutuwang upang matuloy ang sagupaang anim na taong hinintay ng boxing fans.

“Everyone involved, including Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, knows this fight simply had to happen. All of us are thrilled to be able to deliver this event to boxing fans around the world. Now, for the second time under his current deal with Showtime Networks, Floyd Mayweather has agreed to fight an opponent that many people thought he’d never face. We set an all-time pay-per-view record with the first event back in September 2013, and we look forward to another record-breaking performance on May 2,” ayon kay Showtime Sports executive vice president at general manager Stpephen Espinoza.

“Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been the two most prominent fighters in the sport of boxing for the past decade, and fight fans around the world have been clamoring for them to face each other. And now, on May 2nd, in what everyone believes will be the biggest boxing event of all-time, fight fans have been granted their wish. May 2nd will be a signature moment for the sport of boxing and HBO Sports is thrilled to be a part of this spectacular event. I know the fighters and their teams will be primed to excel and we plan to work closely with everyone involved to deliver the same level of performance from a broadcast perspective,” sabi naman ni HBO Sports President Ken Hershman.