Ellerbe says Mayweather-McGregor will break gate record

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It’s not a secret Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s unique comeback fight against Conor McGregor could be an incredibly one-sided event. It features a future Hall of Fame boxer against an MMA fighter in a boxing ring.

But the event is still expected to challenge or surpass the boxing pay-per-view buys record Mayweather’s 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao established. As for the live gate, the pricey tickets are reportedly on a slow pace.

Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe bristled Thursday when this was brought up. The longtime Mayweather right-hand man said the gate is currently at about $60 million, adding the gate for the Aug. 26 fight at T-Mobile Arena will double what Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin — a middleweight championship fight expected to be much more competitive — draws on Sept. 16 at the same venue.

Mayweather-Pacquiao also holds the gate record for $72 million. Ellerbe predicts the upcoming fight will smash that.

According to NBC 3 in Las Vegas, there are still about 7,000 unsold tickets for the 20,000-seat arena. The station adds the cheapest ticket available on Ticketmaster currently costs $1,700, with the most expensive available ticket at $34,000.

Ellerbe did mention some celebrities who have requested tickets — from Matt Damon to Angelina Jolie to LeBron James. But this promotion will require more common fans — at least, upper-class common fans — to fill out the arena.

The undercard for Mayweather-McGregor’s makeshift junior middleweight bout has some recognizable names. Shawn Porter, one of the top current welterweights, will return to the ring and face Thomas Dulorme. Junior lightweight champion and Mayweather-promoted Gervonta Davis will be in action, as will light heavyweight contender Badou Jack.

The promotional flier lists Jack’s fight against fellow 175-pound contender Nathan Cleverley as a WBA championship bout. That’s technically correct, but Cleverley holds the organization’s “regular” championship. Andre Ward is the actual WBA champion.

Cruiserweight contender Steve Cunningham is also a part of this card.

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