Manny Pacquiao was once a popular fighter not only from his home country, the Philippines but also around the world. His next fight against unknown Jessie Vargas is a proof that the Filipino boxers’ aura is gone and his fans and supporters are expected to have deserted him already, according to reports.
Percy D. Della, a sports writer from the Inquirer, a newspaper daily in the Philippines, mentioned many reasons why Pacquiao’s next fight could be a bust.
“The fight venue says it all,” Della stated. “It is not going to be at Garden Arena of MGM Grand Hotel, considered boxing’s mother church. Instead, it is going to be in a small chapel—the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a few miles from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.”
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For huge Pacquiao fights it’s usually held at the bigger venues with hordes of followers supporting him in his fights in the United States in the past decade. Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather broke many records including gate sales and pay-per-view but the change in venue is allegedly a sign that the fans won’t come to Pacquiao’s fight in November.
The writer also mentioned the comparison of ticket prices between the November fight and Pacquiao’s “farewell” fight against Timothy Bradley Jr.
The most expensive tickets available for the Vargas fight is priced at $700 while the April fight against Bradley had $7,500 for the highest priced seats. The cheapest tickets vs. Bradley were at $1,500 while the tickets vs. Vargas will be at $50.
Pacquiao’s camp, which includes promoter Bob Arum, had also revealed that HBO did not want to carry the fight. The former pound for pound champion and pay-per-view star is now begging for other media outlets like ESPN and Showtime to carry his fight, according to rumors.
There are many reasons why the boxing fans have appeared to have deserted Manny Pacquiao. One is because he lied about retirement when he actually planned to return to the sport.
Another is his choice of opponent in Vargas, who is not known in the mainstream boxing. Many think that this is just a “money grab” from Pacquiao, who is an elected senator in his home country.
The last one is that Manny Pacquiao has not impressed in his previous fights. He was injured against Floyd Mayweather but he was dominated by the American. He also had another average performance against Bradley.
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