If the media frenzy leading up to his fight with Manny Pacquiao wasn't enough, expect Floyd Mayweather to once again invade media outlets for his historic -- albeit predictable -- upcoming fight against Andre Berto on September 12. Mayweather made his announcement through social media that he would take on the 30-3 Berto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena next month in what will likely be his 49th career victory, which would match the undefeated record of the late great Rocky Marciano. While the announcement of Mayweather's bout with Pacquiao sent the ticket market into a frenzy, this fight has not been nearly as in demand.
The fight has yet to find the amount of attention that Mayweather vs Pacquiao received, but that doesn't mean prospective patrons won't pay big prices to attend next month's match. The average secondary market price for Mayweather vs Berto tickets on TiqIQ is currently $1,242, a far cry from the $4,830.99 average the fight back in May had. The get-in price for the fight is now $293.
Even hotel prices haven't shot up in the Las Vegas area like they did for the fight against Pacquiao. According to data for accommodations from Hipmunk, hotels are still available starting at $134 per night. 5-star hotels start from $279 and rooms from airbnb start at $77. Rooms were few and far between almost immediately after the fight with Pacquiao was announced.
Next month's match isn't even as demanded as Mayweather's fight with Canelo Álvarez in September of 2013. Billed as "The One", the fight saw Mayweather win by a majority decision over 12 rounds and was the most profitable boxing event ever at the time, grossing more than $200 million in revenue. However, it paled in comparison to the Pacquiao match in terms of secondary ticket price, with Mayweather vs Álvarez tickets averaging $2,887.69. Mayweather's upcoming bout will likely garner big pay-per-view ratings but the historic fight won't come close to what Mayweather has generated on the secondary market in the past.
Lower ticket prices are likely the direct result of the lack of excitement surrounding the fight. While the media salivates over anything Mayweather-related, both positively and negatively, many believe that next month's match is a cop-out from his undefeated boxer's camp, who chose a safe opponent in Berto to fulfill a contractual obligation with Showtime and CBS. Mayweather has told the press that he believes Berto will make for an exciting fight, but that hasn't been enough to persuade the public from feeling underwhelmed by the card.