NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Getting a ticket to this weekend's marquee sporting event -- the most hyped boxing match in decades, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. versus Manny Pacquiao -- is tough. But if you're willing to pay through the nose, even for nosebleed seats, you can get there.
It's been more than five years since fans began clamoring for Mayweather and Pacquiao to meet in the ring and as we get closer to Saturday's bout, fans are scouring the internet for any tickets remaining. When they find them, they might have sticker shock: Prices for tickets on the secondary market are starting at $3,500 and average nearly $4,500.
According to viagogo.com, one of the world's largest sources of event tickets, the average price for available tickets on the market is $4,411, higher than any boxing match the company has ever tracked. The cheapest Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao tickets currently available at viagogo are for $3,500, a get-in price that is typically only associated with the Super Bowl. Thus far, fans have paid an average price of $4,097 per ticket through viagogo, making it the most expensive event of the year other than the championship game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks three months ago.
Ticket demand has risen over the past seven days by an astounding 281%. Much of that demand has actually taken place outside of the United States. According to viagogo, the top five markets for fans searching for Mayweather tickets (outside of the U.S.) have been the U.K., the Philippines, Australia, Ireland, and Japan. Pacquiao is from the Philippines.
"Mayweather versus Pacquiao is the most popular boxing match of all time on viagogo, outselling even the blockbusting Froch versus Groves rematch in May 2014," according to a viagogo spokesperson.
Even with so many other sporting events happening on Saturday -- the Kentucky Derby, the NBA and NHL playoffs, the final day of the NFL Draft -- and with boxing supposedly having lost much fan interest over the years, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao is the must-see event of the weekend. But if you want to see it in person, you'll have to fork over quite a bit of cash to grab one of the final tickets available on the secondary market.