Ronda Rousey lands free ticket to Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather bout
Ronda Rousey previously stated she planned to spend a substantial portion of her winnings from her 14-second victory over Cat Zingano at UFC 184 Saturday on tickets to the upcoming Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight. Thanks to boxing promoter extraordinaire Bob Arum, she won’t have to drop a single dime of her own money.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Arum is such a huge fan of Rousey’s that he will bestow upon her his “Golden Ticket,” reportedly the only free pass that will be handed out by the Top Rank promoter for the highly anticipated bout, which will go down on May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Concerning Rousey and why he wanted to give her the free ticket, Arum reportedly “wanted to show his support by offering her such a prized asset for the Las Vegas bout,” the Mail‘s report reads.
Ahead of her dominant, practically over-before-it-started showdown with Zingano, Rousey told TMZ that she was willing to pay big to see arguably the biggest boxing bout in years.
“I really want to go so bad,” Rousey said before her fight. “I gotta go beat Cat Zingano so I can make a couple million dollars and afford that ticket.”
While a seat even ringside won’t cost a person a couple million bucks, Rousey’s winnings from her win Saturday netted her a nifty $180,000, meaning she could have nevertheless afforded an upfront spot. A recent Forbes report indicates the cheapest ticket available at SeatGeek was listed a little over a week ago would cost a person $4,116. A floor seat was beginning in the range of $22,000.
At about the same time, Tiqiq (via For the Win) was reporting that the priciest ringside seat ticket available was running at the absurd cost of $41,161.
The ridiculous amounts of money folks will have to pony up to be in the arena on fight night surely will only go up as May 2 approaches. With all that in mind and despite the absurd cost associated with obtaining a ticket even at this point, Rousey obviously could have ponied up the money — now or later — if it had come down to it. But how nice is it that Arum chose to play ticket benefactor to the baddest woman in MMA?
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