The Manny Pacquiao show is set to roll into Las Vegas next week. But has Pacquiao-Bradley buzz come to a screeching halt in town? There is little interest, as of now, regarding the April 9 bout to be held at MGM Grand Garden.
The bout comes just an year after historic Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight which yielded record revenue. A year back, adrenaline flew in every streets and clubs of Vegas over the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight. But now, tickets of both box office and secondary market are readily available, according to the Yahoo Sports.
Pacquiao and Vegas have been connected for a long time. There is a background of economic downturn behind this, where Pacquiao came as a rescuer. Vegas was worst hit by the recession of 2008. Pacquiao’s rise coincided with it. The economic activities that started with Pacquiao’s fights against Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley in the period 2008-2012 revived Vegas’ economy to certain extent.
The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight did a yielded gate-sales of $72.2 million, which is greater than the next four fight’s combined figure at Nevada. Few didn’t like his attitude of keeping his shoulder injury news secret and Pacquiao was duly beaten by Mayweather in the May 2 mega-fight.
Pacquiao has now returned with what he says would be his last bout. Experienced Promoter Bob Arum didn’t market it that way because history shows many fighters hit the rings after announcing they would retire. Pacquiao and Bradley will hit the rings having beaten each other once in the history, according to the Daily Mail.
Pacquiao also fell from grace by saying homosexuals are “worse than animals” in Filipino television during his campaign for a senate seat. He later had to apologize for his comments.
Pacquiao is a product of Fred Sternburg’s brilliant marketing campaign. From a popular fighter from the Philippines, Sternburg turned him to a global figure. He’s a bust as a legislator, but will be remembered as one of the best fighters in the history of boxing.
But the golden age is over. He hasn’t had a knock-out for six years and he’s split his last six bouts. Pacquiao may hit the rings for the last time in the boxing capital, but his name has failed to attract a single reporter from a New York newspaper or television station.