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21st Jul 2017

McGregor and Mayweather have to buy tickets to their own fight

Rory Cashin


Bad news: if you haven’t already applied for tickets, then you’re more than likely not going to be getting any.

Thanks to scalpers and buy-bots, a strict new system has been put in place by Ticketmaster for the upcoming mega-bout between Mayweather and McGregor, which has also resulted in everyone involved in the fight having to source their own tickets to the fight themselves.

UFC President Dana White was on the Jimmy Kimmel show this week talking about the fight, when Kimmel asked how many friends and family and practically complete strangers come out of the woodwork looking for tickets to the fight.

The good-stuff kicks off around the six-minute mark in the clip below:

Clip via Jimmy Kimmel Live

Yep, even one of the organisers of the event has to buy his own tickets.

Anyone hoping to buy them had to sign up for the Ticketmaster Verified Fan service by 20 July, which will help stop the bots, and from there, Ticketmaster will essentially hold a lottery for those who have signed up, and those who win will be sent a special code that will allow them to buy two tickets, which will put a stop to the scalpers.

While we’re sure there’s a certain amount put aside for McGregor and Mayweather and co., there does appear to be a cap on the amount everyone can actually buy (and White does stress the “buy”, not “get”), but when you’re talking about what will likely be the biggest box office to a sporting event of the year/decade/century/eternity (delete as appropriate), every single step will be taken to ensure the eventual profits aren’t fudged.