Eddie McLoughlin, president of Irish Ropes Promotions, has commented on the cancellation of the March 16th show in WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden. “I had a choice of losing $50,000 by canceling when we did, or to potentially lose $250,000 to go ahead. I was not under any contractual obligation to any of the fighters and chose to take the lesser hit….when I decided to pull the plug on the show, 10 days before the scheduled event, we had sold only 1500 tickets, approximately $130,000 worth, compared to $400,000 at the same time for our previous show (“Erin Go Brawl”) there. Bars that normally sell 300-400 tickets had sold only 20-30 for this one and nobody was going in or calling for tickets. It was inevitable and although I was terribly disappointed, I really didn’t have much of a choice about canceling the show.” McLoughlin said the poor economy in New York and Ireland played a part in poor advance ticket sales, but stated the “real reason” was difficulties in dealing with headliner Andy Lee and his team.