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Few tickets left for Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley fight at MGM Grand

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Chris Farina, Top Rank

Manny Pacquiao hits the bag during a workout at Wildcard Boxing Gym in Hollywood, Calif. on Feb. 1, 2010.

Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for the May 7 WBO welterweight championship fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand, according to promotion company Top Rank.

During a three-hour stretch Monday when tickets first went on sale, an estimated 16,000 were sold.

“Incredible. Simply incredible,” Top Rank CEO Bob Arum said in a statement. “I have never promoted a fight that has sold so many tickets so quickly. Manny Pacquiao never ceases to amaze the world with his achievements. The excitement he generated today with the initial ticket sales makes it feel like fight week already.”

Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), who is widely considered one of the biggest draws in boxing, hasn’t fought in Las Vegas since November 2009. His last two bouts — Nov. 13, 2010, versus Antonio Margarito and March 13, 2010, against Joshua Clottey — were at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Those fights took significant revenue from Las Vegas, everything from hotel rooms to gaming.

Remaining tickets are available for $1,000, $750 and $300, and are limited to 10 tickets per person.

Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) is a former three-division champion.

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