Excitement builds as Fight of the Century nears

By on April 29, 2015

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The highly anticipated fight between Filipino boxing superstar and eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao and undefeated pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr., billed as the “Fight of the Century,” is getting Filipinos all hyped up and ready to party.

Less than a week before the big fight, Pinoys all over are gearing up like it’s the single most important event of their lives. In Metro Vancouver alone, several big “PacMan parties,”—pay-per-view events in households and public places—have been organized to draw in the crowds and collectively cheer for the Filipino boxing icon.

Even mainstream Canadians and politicians are joining the bandwagon. For instance, the Conservative Party, at the instance of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, reportedly a Pacquiao fan, is spending precious dollars to show the fight for free at the popular Polish Community Centre in Vancouver.

Elsewhere, fans have to chip in from $10 to $35, depending on the venue and the “package” offered. For example, at the Bite at the Quay, organizers are charging $35 for the show, making it seem more expensive than the rest, but the eat-all-you-can buffet and dance-till-you-drop party package makes it uniquely attractive.

Bottom line is that fans are no longer satisfied tuning in the comfort of their living rooms; they prefer watching, cheering and partying with friends and family as Pacquiao figures in yet another heart-stopping blockbuster fight.

This match figures to be the biggest there will ever be—bigger than any Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson or Sugar Ray Leonard superfight. Pay-per-view costs a record $100 for every household, pricier than any other previous Mayweather or Pacquiao fight. Despite the hefty tag, the fight is all but certain to break all previous PPV records, as revenues are expected to top $300 million.

Meanwhile, tickets at the fight venue, MGM Grand in Las Vegas, are priced at $1,500 to $7,500 but reportedly sell for much more in the secondary market. According to Price Tracker SeatGeek, ticket sales went as high as $17,850, making the fight the most expensive sports ticket ever.

Here are some public PPV events and venues in Greater Vancouver showing the megabout, with their corresponding price tags:

• St. Patrick’s Gym – $10 adult; $5- children ages 13-18; free for children 12 & under. Food and drinks to purchase.
• Polish Hall – free admission with RSVP. Sponsored by the Conservative Party. Cash bar.
• River Rock Theatre in Richmond – $22.95;
• Hard Rock Casino Theatre in Coquitlam – $16.50. Price includes a free beer.
• Commodore Ballroom – free. All tickets have all been claimed.
• R’s Music Venue in King George Ave., Surrey – $10 plus live party-dance music.
• The Donnelly Pub Group – six pubs including Lamplighter, Tavern, Library Square, Bimini, Butcher & Bullock and Cinema and two downtown Boston Pizza locations.
• Frat House of the UP Alumni Association of BC – $20 with dinner plus one beer or soda.
• Bite at the Quay – $35 with eat-all-you-can buffet and dance-till-you-drop party.

More than 100 Lower Mainland sites are authorized venues by Canadastar boxing.com. – MM