AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – It is just two days until the biggest boxing match in years between Floyd Mayweather versus Manny Pacquiao.
But unless someone wants to pay $100 to get it on pay-per-view, it will be tough to find bars in the Valley showing the fight on Saturday. Our station called a dozen different sports bars and restaurants on Thursday, and almost all of them said they will not be paying to show the match.
“We were asked what our occupancy was and provided with a price of $3,500, which is kind of astronomical. Our customers won’t pay that much. We would have to charge almost $40 to $50 per person just to get in the door, on top of everything else. So it is just not cost-effective for us to offer the fight at this time,” Crickets Bar general manager Amanda Piatt said.
The fight is expected to smash records for pay-per-view revenue, which was $150 million set by a Mayweather fight in 2013.
Bar owners said it costs $4,000 for them to show the fight, and our station found only one local bar, Barry Dyngles in Austintown, willing to do so.
“People will call in and say ‘are you having the fight?’ and we say ‘yeah.’ So now, this close to it, people are excited about it. They are coming,” Barry Dyngles hostess Beverly Hannon said.
Barry Dyngles is charging a $20 per person cover charge to see the fight. The owner said they are just looking to break even for the night.
The restaurant is expecting about 175 people on Saturday night and the tables are all booked up.
“It looks like it is going to be a good turnout because people are still calling and trying to get tables,” Hannon said.