- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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From the moment the Oscar De La Hoya-Floyd Mayweather fight was made in mid-November, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer has been inundated with ticket requests for the May 5 mega fight.
By mid-December, Schaefer said 12,832 of the approximately 16,000-plus tickets available for the fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas were already spoken for because of advance requests from casinos, sponsors, HBO, Golden Boy and the Mayweather camp.
Golden Boy announced Wednesday that the remainder of the tickets will go on sale Jan. 27 at 10 a.m.
Tickets are priced at $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, $750, $350 and $150 and can be purchased at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office or at www.mgmgrand.com, as well as at Ticketmaster outlets or on www.ticketmaster.com.
Tickets in the $350 and $150 prices ranges are limited to two per person. The other price ranges are limited to six per person.
"We already have received an unprecedented amount of inquiries at our offices regarding tickets for the fight," Schaefer said. "The response is amazing and certainly reflects the excitement and magnitude of this fantastic event."
The HBO PPV fight matches junior middleweight titlist De La Hoya (38-4, 30 KOs), the most popular attraction in the sport, with welterweight champion Mayweather (37-0, 24 KOs), the sport's pound-for-pound king. It figures to challenge the non-heavyweight pay-per-view record of 1.4 million buys generated by De La Hoya's 1999 showdown with Felix Trinidad.
If De La Hoya-Mayweather sells out, as expected, the live gate would generate approximately $19.3 million, which would shatter the American record of $16.830 million generated by the 1999 Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfield heavyweight championship rematch at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com.
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