A Super Bowl it’s not, but the much-anticipated welterweight title fight Saturday night between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas has area interest in boxing soaring.
More than half a dozen Sacramento-area bars and casinos will pay anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 to show the fight, with most charging customers to watch. The fight is scheduled to begin about 8 p.m. from the MGM Garden Arena.
Commercial screenings of the fight could more than triple previous records, said Joseph Gagliardi, president of J&J Sports Productions, which is licensing the fight.
“Even the small bars ... people who have not bought before, they are buying this one,” Gagliardi said.
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Midtown Sacramento’s Republic Bar & Grill and Alley Katz are two bars showing the fight.
Erin Caldiero, manager of Alley Katz, said they will reach capacity – no question.
“It’s what time we will hit capacity. That is more of the question,” Caldiero said.
Alley Katz is charging $20 at the door or $200 for a six-person booth. That comes with two drink tickets for individuals or 12 tickets with the purchase of a booth. Republic is charging similar prices.
Chargin’s Bar & Grill has a distant connection to local boxing promoter Don Chargin, but the asking price was too steep for them to carry the fight.
“I can’t warrant it,” said owner Geoff Chargin. “It’s not $100 like it is at home.”
He’ll be watching. Just not from the bar.
Cache Creek and Thunder Valley are among the some 140 casinos nationwide carrying the fight.
Doug Elmets, a spokesman for Thunder Valley, said carrying the fight was a “no-brainer.”
The Lincoln casino has two viewing options – one at $50, another with appetizers for $75.
Jairo Moncada, 33, of Roseville, who described himself as a casual boxing fan, said he’s surprised more establishments are not carrying it. After searching for the best bar to watch it, he was happy to have found a friend showing it at a house party.
“He’s paying for the fight and we’re showing up, maybe bringing a dish or two,” Moncada said. “Even to the causal boxing fan this (fight) has been a long time in the making.”
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