High prices prevent most Northwoods bars from airing Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fightSubmitted: 05/01/2015
High prices prevent most Northwoods bars from airing Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight
Story By Lauren Stephenson

ARBOR VITAE - They call it the fight of the century, but you might have a hard time finding a bar that will air tomorrow night's historic boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

You'll need to cough up $100 to watch the pay-per-view broadcast from your home tomorrow. But the price tag will be even higher for bars. It's so expensive that all but one of the bars we called across northcentral Wisconsin won't air the fight tomorrow.

"We've had a lot of calls and doing some inquiries as to the price of it, it's all based on seating capacity, and unfortunately they want a lot of money for the size of restaurant and bar that we are. And our costs would be $3,000," said Pat's Tavern & Grill owner Dennis Hooker.

Even major sports bars and chain restaurants such as the Buffalo Wild Wings in Wausau won't air the broadcast.

"This is a match that people want to see. I don't understand the pricing," Hooker said. "It might even be cheaper to go and watch the fight live for $3,000."

However, bartenders at Heart II in Arbor Vitae think the high price is worth it.

"We've had a lot of our patrons show interest, and so we decided to air the fight," said bartender Lacy Poupart, "and we expect to have a huge outcome."

In fact, Poupart hopes to see wall-to-wall people.

"There's not going to be a cover charge," she said. "We are, however, going to have a lot of drink specials, shots for each round, and we'll be serving food later--pizzas and appetizers--later than normal,"

The fight is expected to bring in $360 million through ticket, merchandise, and pay-per-view sales.

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