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Houston trial lawyer pays highest ticket price for Mayweather fight, offers rides on corporate jet
Trial lawyer Tony "The Shark" Buzbee is known for setting records — paying the highest price ever for a River Oaks mansion, paying mega bucks for Super Bowl tickets and winning record-setting lawsuits. This week, he sets another record by paying the highest price in Texas for tickets to Saturday night's Mayweather-Pacquiao fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Ticket agent Patrick Ryan of The Ticket Experience secured two center ring tickets for multi-millionaire Buzbee, price tag $37,000 each. CNBC reports that tickets on the resale market for the welterweight bout are reaching Super Bowl prices. Buzbee's tickets are the priciest that Ryan has ever sold. That lofty figure caught the attention of ESPN'sDarren Rovell, who tweeted about Buzbee's purchase.
"We were quoted $350,000 per ticket for ringside seats," Ryan said. "That would also require a full background check of the people using them. But that seemed like a bit of a gamble as the fight could last seconds. I steered Tony towards higher level seats (row 12) dead center with the ring that had a good angle on the action. Many floor seats end up being obstructed."
Buzbee will be boarding his cushy Challenger 600 jet for the quick trip to Vegas, staying just long enough for the fight and post-fight partying before heading back to Houston. In a jet that big, there are seven extra seats and Buzbee is considering having a few fight-enthusiasts along for the ride. As Ryan explains, "Those who have done him the biggest favors will get first crack at one of the open seats."
Buzbee is lead attorney for fellow Texas A&M grad former Gov. Rick Perry's defense in his abuse-of-power criminal case.