By Nick Giongco
The most expensive ticket to the May 2 brawl between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton will be priced at $1,000, Top Rank big boss Bob Arum told Manila Bulletin and Fightnews on Friday. The fight will be held at the 17,000-capacity MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas but the venue will be reconfigured to seat a little more than 16,000 plus, according to the Harvard-educated lawyer and Hall of Fame promoter. Tickets will go on sale starting Friday, Jan. 30, and not all will be sold to the public since the MGM Properties as well as Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, which promote the British superstar, will also be given their respective allotments. When Pacquiao faced Oscar De La Hoya last year, only 600 tickets went on sale for the public since the vast majority had been purchased by the promotional outfits and even by the casinos. Arum said he will work hard to increase the number to accommodate more fight fans. Hatton is bringing in hordes of fans from England. Meanwhile, Arum revealed that the Staples Center will hold the biggest number of spectators ever when Mexican ironman Antonio Margarito defends the world welter crown against the dazzling Shane Mosley tonight.