Wednesday, 02 September 2015 13:12

Mayweather vs. Berto – Swan Song or Duck Call?

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Four months ago, the eyes of not only the boxing world but the sports world in general was focused squarely upon a stretch of desert known as Sin City.

Journalists, camera crews as well as news outlets of all walks descended upon Las Vegas to sink half a molar into what was to be the most anticipated bout of the 21st Century.

Not only will much time pass before such a collective interest is once again met, but the buying public may not be in such a rush to believe promotion and promise over the chance at another disappointing outcome. Such a gut wrenching feeling is often heavily compounded when one’s cable TV bill expands by one hundred dollars, as was the case after Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s clash with Manny Pacquiao last May.

At the very least for the Mayweather vs Berto ticket buyers was the fact that they were still in Las Vegas and could try to salvage their respective evenings. As we now find ourselves about ten days out from what the undefeated Mayweather (48-0, 26 KO’s) claims is his last outing as a fighter and not a promoter, there seems to be more hype in a box of Cracker Jacks than what may be floating around the MGM Grand next week. 

It’s a bit of a shame because Floyd’s chosen opponent, Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KO’s) doesn’t deserve any of the eggs being thrown at him.

Who among us would turn down a seven figure payday to take part in a job that we may not like for a little over an hour in total? All we would have to do is get ready. However horrific the experience, we’d have a few million reasons to nonetheless smile.

The efforts to push Mayweather vs Berto seem unprecedented, yet in a reverse fashion. When was the last time a Floyd Mayweather bout had a plethora of tickets, to a tune of a quarter of the house still unsold so close to fight week? If one were to visit the website of the ticketing monopoly which dominates live events in the United States, then what would be made evident is the fact that this event is not as popular as Luis Miguel’s concert taking place just a bit down Las Vegas Boulevard at Mandalay Bay on the same night or perhaps a concert or magic show elsewhere.

While a handful of seats are available in the upper level of the Grand Garden Arena at the MGM, there are a few (almost entire) sections with loads of seats to be bought.

The public seems to have had it.

Either that or the man with the self appointed moniker of “TBE” isn’t as proficient at selling an event on his own as he is at being unhittable in the ring.

Additionally, the host hotel is offering ticket packages for the weekend. The remaining and least expensive seat for the September 12 bout are $500 apiece and up to $1000 to sit in just about any locale in the lower level. The buildup, anticipation and eventual turnout tied to Floyd’s May 2013 contest with Robert Guerrero didn’t sell well by his standards, so what will he do to make up for this promotion, which by many accounts is likely to take a nose dive?

Will he really and truly hang up the gloves once and for all? There’s very little talk surrounding the actual fight, however there’s worlds of coverage surrounding the $4.8 million Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita “hypercar” Floyd just purchased. That’s news for sure.

If this is really it for Mayweather, then will we really miss him or just the idea of him? Is this the end, as in his swan song? Or will it ultimately be a duck call to lure us out of the marshes once again…….