Count Blackwater owner among lucky few to be given tickets by Pacquiao for megafight
Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy and Manny Pacquiao go a long way back, the boxing champ having worked as a conditioning coach for Asi Taulava in Sy's Blu Detergent team in the PBL. Jerome Ascano

COUNT Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy among the fortunate few to be promised precious tickets by boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao for his welterweight showdown against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Sy revealed to he has been assured by the Filipino ring great that he can personally witness history happen less than three weeks from now at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The longtime basketball supporter said two valuable tickets have been allotted to him out of the limited number of passes issued to Team Pacquiao for boxing’s biggest fight in recent years.

Sy admitted being surprised when he got a call from a Pacquiao associate relaying the good news.

“Nagulat nga ako. I didn’t expect it,” said the Blackwater executive. “I wasn’t counting on it until someone from his team called me up.”

The former chairman of the defunct Philippine Basketball League (PBL) is set to leave for Las Vegas on April 26, with Blackwater alternate governor Wilbert Loa the other lucky person to watch the fight with him.

“I had to immediately book a flight to Las Vegas by next week. Madalian, pero kailangan,” he said.

Sy has no idea as to where the rest of the tickets will be given, although he admitted being touched by the gesture of the 36-year-old eight-time world division champion, a close friend from way back.

“I appreciate Manny’s action. Ang tagal na rin naman. He really values our friendship,” said Sy, who once let Pacquiao keep his talent fee for a product endorsement that never materialized.

Sy also once hired Pacquiao as a conditioning coach for Asi Taulava in one of the first basketball teams he owned, Blu Detergent, in the old PBL.

[See Did you know that Pacquiao was once Taulava's conditioning coach?]

He was actually ready to just watch the 12-round welterweight unification title match on pay-per-view as his family was planning to host a party on May 2 (May 3, Manila time) right in the comfort of his home.

But with the sudden development, all the plans have to be set aside.

“The family will just go out-of-town and watch the fight there,” said Sy.

The Blackwater official also has no idea which seating section of the MGM Grand has been reserved to him.

“Wala namang nabanggit, although just to have two tickets for one of boxing's biggest fights in history are good enough for me,” he said.


No tickets have been released in the market for public sale, although the premium floor seats priced at $10,000 are excluded from general selling.

Tickets priced at $7,500, $5,000, $3,500, $2,500, and $1,500 are the only ones to be sold to the public.


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