Monday, July 18, 2011 | 10:25 a.m.
Tickets for Manny Pacquiao’s Nov. 12 welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena against Juan Manuel Marquez will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. And if history prevails, a majority of the tickets will be sold by mid-afternoon.
When Pacquiao fought Shane Mosley in May, 16,000 tickets were sold during a three-hour stretch on the initial day of sales to leave fewer than 1,000 available.
Unlike Pacquiao’s 12-round domination of Mosley — when Mosley was frequently booed for not turning the fight into a slugfest — this fight has the making for a classic.
Marquez, who beat Likar Ramos Saturday with a first-round knockout, will get a third chance at Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) after twice nearly beating the undisputed pound-for-pound champion. They fought to a draw in 2004 and Pacquiao won a split decision in 2008 — two fights that could have easily been scored in favor of Marquez.
Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), who needed just one minute, 47 seconds to dispose of Ramos, has won eight world titles in three separate weight classes and is known for his speed, precision punching power and unorthodox counter-punching style.
He knows it won’t be that easy against Pacquiao, who is riding a 14-fight winning streak dating back to 2005.
“My fight with Manny Pacquiao is going to be a war,” he said Saturday after the Ramos fight.
Tickets are priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200 and available at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two per person.