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Fight Price Too High For Many on Delmarva

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SALISBURY, Md. - The biggest boxing match in recent memory, and one of the most highly anticipated sporting events in quite some time, airs Saturday night.  However, the price of the fight could keep many from watching on Delmarva.

Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will fight Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  And while the two fighters will be making millions for their 12 rounds in the ring, it will cost about $100 to watch the fight at home.  For some on Delmarva, that's a steep figure.

"There's no way, not for that.  Just look at the kind of money that the guys who are actually doing the fighting are making. So I mean, why can't they throw a little bit of their mega-millions that they're making there and make it cheaper for us at home?" said Phillip Timmons of Berlin.

Normally, if you can't watch it at home, a local sports bar is the next best option.  However, the price of the fight for bars and restaurants is even higher!  The price of the fight is based on the occupancy of the business.  Officials with Grotto Pizza tell WBOC that the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight would cost anywhere from $5,000 to $7,000 per location.  So, Grotto Pizza, along with places like Buffalo Wild Wings, the Green Turtle, and Hooters here on Delmarva will not broadcast the match Saturday night.

"It's a bit of a shame that we won't be able to go to places like this.  That seems to be kind of like their role, to provide places to go if you can't afford at home entertainment for sporting events and everything," said Richard Mills of Snow Hill.

But when even the bars and restaurants cannot afford the boxing match, it's clear the price of the fight, at least for some, is like a right hook to the jaw.

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