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Pacquiao v Floyd in CT?

2012-01-12 16:58

Cape Town - The City of Cape Town is considering bringing a Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao boxing bout to the Cape Town Stadium.

Two of the sport's greatest pound-for-pound fighters, Pacquiao and Mayweather, could finally meet in the ring in 2012 in a fight estimated to be worth about R250m.

Grant Pascoe, the city's Executive Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events & Marketing told the iafrica.com website that the city is seriously considering hosting the event.

"There’s been people asking us to host a big boxing match with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. We are going to definitely look at the options, obviously costs involved in this thing. We are going to look at it. It sounds great."

This comes after Pacquiao on Thursday accepted US rival Mayweather's provocative challenge for a showdown.

The unbeaten Mayweather dared the Philippine icon this week on Twitter to "Step up Punk", attempting to entice Pacquiao into a bout.

Mayweather and Pacquiao previously saw a fight derailed by the US fighter's demands about blood testing, with both boxers accusing the other of running scared.

"I want to fight him. This is the fight the world wants," Pacquiao declared at a news conference in the Philippines with his US promoter Bob Arum.

However, chief executive officer of Golden Gloves Promotions, Rodney Berman, doesn't believe a fight between the two will materialise in Cape Town.

"It’s an economic impossibility, ring side tickets for that fight would be in the region of $5000, that is some R40 000. It’s not even justifiable of a discussion," he said.

Pacquiao, 33, has a 54-3 record with two draws and 38 knockouts, while 34-year-old Mayweather is unbeaten at 42-0 with 26 knockouts.

Sport24

Comments
  • Daniel - 2012-01-12 17:11

    How much people attends these type of fights if its in like Vegas or wherever they fight the big ones?

      Daniel - 2012-01-12 18:34

      Does anyone here know anything about boxing that might be able to answer my question above?

      Boer - 2012-01-13 02:02

      Who in the world is going to fly to South-Africa to see them fight. That fight is going to be in Vegas not in ASGATLAAGTE. Keep on dreaming.

      Boer - 2012-01-13 05:02

      Your question does not make any sense what so ever. Refrase so I can answer you.

      jacovantonder - 2012-01-13 07:51

      Quite a lot it seems, from http://www.ringsidebygus.com/las-vegas-boxing.html "On June 11, 1982 Las Vegas made boxing history breaking all attendance records for a sporting event in North American. The Larry Holmes vs Gerry Cooney fight at Caesars Palace drew a crowd of 29,214 people." "Las Vegas has also produced Nevada's richest boxing gates. On May 5, 2007 at the MGM Grand Arena, Oscar De La Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather Jr produced the highest grossing boxing gate to date in Nevada, $18,419,200.00 selling out in three hours. On November 12, 2011 Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez III sold 15,498 tickets which is the most since the De La Hoya vs Mayweather fight in 2007 and produced a live gate of $11,648,300 ranking the 9th highest grossing boxing gate in the state of Nevada." So, I would think at least 10 000 - 15000 spectators for a fight like this. More info about notable matches here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_in_the_Las_Vegas_metropolitan_area#Boxing

      Andrew - 2012-01-13 07:54

      About 17000 people attend these type of fights. The Las Vegas arenas are not huge. I have fought and been at several of the casinos in Vegas. The MGM grand casino has a seating capacity of 16800.

      DeWet - 2012-01-13 08:48

      The current stadium they are going to use seats 17 000, They are trying to see if they cant wait till end of May to use the 45 000 new staidum being built. That is about as big as our Rugby Stadiums.

  • Adriaan - 2012-01-12 17:47

    I'll use my bonus for a ringside seat 4 that fight :)

  • Andrew - 2012-01-12 18:02

    Wow - now that is a fight I'd pay to see!!!!

  • Azande - 2012-01-12 18:24

    this fight will be the fight of the decade and im not kidding

      Simon - 2012-01-12 18:53

      The decade? No, the fight of the century.

  • geoff.ink - 2012-01-12 18:27

    Unmissable

  • phangolicious - 2012-01-12 19:42

    These DA dreamers never stop to amaze me!! only Gauteng can afford to bring such a spectacle as we have an international airport where International Airbuses can land, besides, America will never allow such event not to take place in their country first, they will fight tooth & nail !! to an extent that may lead for their CIA to stop funding the DA .........

      Lizl - 2012-01-12 22:30

      Phangolicious....did you forget about the Fifa Soccer World Cup that was held in 2010? One of the biggest sport events...and Cape Town as one of the hosting cities done a fantastic job! Cape Town is also South Africa's number one tourist destination! Gauteng....get real!!

      Harry - 2012-01-12 22:37

      Aikona ! Monna, keep your politics out of this one. Let's rather not start with that- you by chance related to your leader the Clever One by the name of JUJU ?

      Matthew - 2012-01-13 08:00

      Phangolicious you are an idiot! Please dont post comments that show how uneducated about boxing you are. Firstly, Cape town is much prefered to Johannesburg as a destination for the rich and famous and is by far our most beautiful city. Second, the US dont have any say as to where the fight takes place, that is usually specified by the holder of the title up for grabs or is negotiated between the parties concerned.

      Daryl - 2012-01-13 11:12

      Yup and there it is. There's always at least one ignorant ass blister that brings politics and race into the conversation. Get your facts straight before you make riduculous statements like that.

      ryanwhygordon - 2012-01-20 11:37

      Does nobody remember The Rumble in the Jungle(Zaire) and Thriller in Manila(Philippines). Two of the biggest fights of all time.

  • DeWet - 2012-01-13 08:51

    The main problem with this article is that is wont happen, The tickets will be to expensive for the South African crowd. Plus the judge pushed back the sentance becasue of this fight date being locked in. Trust me I would do anything to wathc this fight in person. But South Africa cant host it. We dont have the funding to abck the fight up. Wish it was here though. that would be AWESOME..... PS. Another reason why it wont be held in CT is because of Arum. he said he wants the fight to happen end of may so they can use the new 45 000 super stadium being built..... So I dont think they will even consider CT :(

  • masixolek - 2012-01-18 23:05

    @Boer - just your name suggest the stereotypic mentality that people cannot fly to SA..ur answer is in the WC 2010 attendance. I don’t even think you realise the magnitude of this match and how it means to the world. Do you understand boxing…great boxers like Mohamend Ali had their fights here. What would stop this one. I'm not suggesting that it must come here due to its financial implications but to ask such stupid question shows ur level of naivety about South Africa in the sporting front...please come to the real point because your excuse doesn’t hold.

  • ryanwhygordon - 2012-01-20 11:39

    I like the way the City of Cape Town has the arrogant position, "we are considering it", as if the promoters are breathing down their necks hoping that CPT will grant the greatest pound for pound fighters of all time the privilege of fighting here. Nothing even implies contact has been made. MEDIA TROLL ALERT!!!

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