It will come as no surprise that tickets to the August 26 super-fight between Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and 'The Notorious' Conor McGregor are hot property.
But, it might surprise some that Mayweather has received so many personal requests for tickets that he’s been compelled to publicly request people stop contacting him and procure tickets through the official ticket broker.
A Friday night Instagram post by the undefeated (49-0) Mayweather read: “I know everyone’s excited to see my biggest fight ever, but blowing up my phone isn’t going to get you anywhere.
“I don’t have the tickets, but I have the talent!
"If you plan on coming to watch my fight and you need tickets then call Kenny. If you’re staying in, pre-order the fight on PPV right now, and get ready for a real show stopper.”
The unprecedented demand on the 40-year-old Mayweather comes just a week ahead of one of the most hyped fights of the decade, which will see UFC champ and Dublin native Conor McGregor make his professional boxing match debut against the man regarded as one of the greatest pound-for-pound boxers the world has ever seen.
Mayweather also took the opportunity to address the now infamous McGregor-Malignaggi sparring video, in which McGregor appears to get the upper hand against recently retired, two-weight world champ Malignaggi.
Speaking in a media day interview, Mayweather said: “I had a chance to see it, I thought it was real interesting but there was a lot of rabbit punching, illegal rabbit punching behind the head.
"A lot of the shots were illegal, a lot of grappling, a lot of wrestling, a lot of illegal shots.
“That’s just my honest opinion. But I’m pretty sure the referee is going to be fair on both sides."
Mayweather’s comments finally give his perspective on the endless was-it-a-push-was-it-a-knock-down-debate, instigated by the release of two short, edited video clips of Malignaggi and McGregor sparring during the Irishman's training camp.
Undoubtedly, the video shows the ‘dirty boxing’ style commonly found in Mixed Martial Arts, with McGregor leaning on the back of Malignaggi’s head a tad more than he might get away with during a boxing match.
But, it’s also not entirely clear if Malignaggi’s flooring was due to this hand, or the multiple clean shots McGregor landed on him. Still less clear is whether, in the heat of a fight, a referee would have ruled it a knockdown or a push.
What is clear is that Mayweather has faith in the bout’s referee, World Boxing Hall of Fame member Robert Byrd, as Money Mayweather said: “But my job is not to worry about the referee, my job is to go out there and fight and let the referee do his job."
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