By Zach Arnold | January 20, 2009
Last Friday on ESPN2 TV, ESPN.com boxing writer Dan Rafael reported that over 17,000 tickets were sold for the Shane Mosley/Antonio Margarito fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Ticket prices are in the $25-$300 range. (Tickets for the Affliction show are more expensive for the Anaheim event at the Honda Center.) Both the LA Times and Boxing Scene have articles questioning whether or not Mosley will be focused going into the fight due to BALCO-related PR issues.
The co-promoters for the boxing event on the 24th are Top Rank and Golden Boy. Intriguingly, Oscar De La Hoya has been promoted in the media for attending Affliction PR media sessions in New York and Los Angeles. However, a quick news search online hasn’t produced many articles covering the appearances.
On a separate boxing note, it appears that it is crunch time in relation to whether or not the Manny Pacquiao/Ricky Hatton fight will be signed. Rafael last Friday contended that the fight would likely happen in early May in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Guardian newspaper claims that the fight is on.