RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is expected to bring anywhere from 150,000 to 200,000 visitors to Las Vegas.
For millions of other people, the historic fight will be seen on TV for a pay-per-view price of nearly $100.
For local restaurants that want to show the fight, the price jumps to the thousands.
“I think sticker shock. When i called the promoter myself and found out what it was i thought it would be $1,000, maybe $1,500. I missed wide. I was way outside,” said Al Coleman, owner of Big Al’s Sports Bar.
There is no flat rate. Restaurants and bars are charged based on capacity, but some say it’s not worth the investment.
We checked with some of the local sports hangouts in Richmond.
T. Millers, Mulligans, Home Team, Penny Lane, and Breakers have opted not to show the fight.
For most restaurants and bars that are showing the fight, there will be cover: Vanquish Restaurant and Cigar Lounge is charging a cover saying it will be between $10-15; Buffalo Wild Wings in Shockoe Bottom is charging $25 to get in with ID and is only open to customers 21 and up.
But 8News was able to find one place that plans to show the fight with no cover: Sang Jun Thai in Richmond.
Some have closed their doors altogether; Coleman says someone asked to rent out his entire restaurant.
“We have a private party here, we will not be open to the public and he picked up the cover, he picked up what it’s going to cost me,” Coleman said.
Coleman says he understands why restaurants wouldn’t show the fight, but understands the desire to see it, saying it’s been decades since a fight this big has happened…
“It’s been 25, 30 years since anything this big came across on pay per view.”