Mayweather-Ortiz gate: $9 million but over 3,000 tickets unsold

September 28, 2011

The Nevada Athletic Commission last week announced the official gate and attendance for the Floyd Mayweather, Jr.-Victor Ortiz fight. The fight received a $9 million gate with 13,364 tickets sold which made it the 14th largest fight in Las Vegas history.

The Nevada Athletic Commission confirmed the numbers via email to MMA Payout.

Gate – $9,000,000

Tix sold ā€“ 13,364

Unsold ā€“ 3,052

Comps ā€“ 1,268

Payout Perspective:

Showtimeā€™s Al Bernstein tweeted some reasons this fight might not have been a sellout: expensive tickets, Ortiz not a known name outside of hardcore boxing fans and the co-promoted fight at the Staples Center.

The Staples Center event, held in conjunction with Mayweather-Ortiz, was to enhance the SoCal audience by having people come watch live fights then watch Mayweather-Ortiz on the big screens at Staples. However, it could have harmed some of the live gate in Las Vegas if you assume that some fight fans would have taken the short flight or take the drive to Vegas. Still, 3,000 tickets unsold and over 1,200 comped seems like a big figure for tickets not purchased.

Despite these numbers, the PPV revenue could level this disparity although there are rumors that PPV sales may be weak.

4 Responses to “Mayweather-Ortiz gate: $9 million but over 3,000 tickets unsold”

  1. mmaguru on September 29th, 2011 5:56 AM

    Hmm, 1.3 million low estimate for PPV numbers weak? Seems to be a good average number for boxing these days. I don’t believe it will hit the 1.7 million that was rumored though.

  2. Diego on September 29th, 2011 6:24 AM

    Gee, so Floyd will make a paltry $30M instead of $40M. He must be devastated.

  3. Machiel Van on September 29th, 2011 7:43 AM

    Don’t forget that Floyd put up $10 million to market the fight. He probably will be a bit disappointed. He’s probably also regretting all those idiotic retirements.

  4. Jason Cruz on September 29th, 2011 12:22 PM

    It makes you think whether Floyd would be more inclined to entertain a fight with Pacquiao in 2012.

    The only other fight that might seem entertaining is Amir Khan.

    Of course, $25-$30M is pretty good to sit on for a while.

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