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Mayweather-Ortiz tix on sale Friday

Since the moment the fight was announced a couple of weeks ago, the Fight Freaks have been asking me about the specifics of ticket availability for Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s return to the ring against welterweight titlist Victor Ortiz on Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

With the media tour for "Star Power" over and the Fourth of July holiday in the books, Golden Boy Promotions has released the ticket information for the fight, so I'm passing it along.

Tickets are priced at $1,250, $1,000, $600, $300 and $150 (not including applicable service charges) and will go on sale Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

Tickets are limited to 12 per person, only two of which can be the $150 tickets. They can be purchased with a credit card by calling Ticketmaster (800-745-3000), in person at the MGM Grand Garden Arena box office or at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

It's a slam dunk that Mayweather-Ortiz will be a hot ticket. Mayweather's past four fights -- all of which have been staged at the MGM Grand -- rank among the top 23 boxing gates in Nevada history. With Mayweather ending a 16-month layoff, there figures to be pent-up demand.

Here is how Mayweather's past four fights did on Nevada's all-time list:

&#8226; No. 1: His May 2007 fight with Oscar De La Hoya not only drew a record Nevada boxing gate (and an all-time pay-per-view sales record of almost 2.5 million units), but netted the biggest gate in boxing history -- a monstrous $18,419,200 from a paid attendance of 17,078.

&#8226; No. 10: In May 2010, Mayweather's most recent fight, he beat Shane Mosley as the bout drew a paid crowd of 14,038 for a gate of $11,032,100.

&#8226; No. 12: Mayweather's memorable knockout of Ricky Hatton in December 2007 drew 15,488 fans (mostly Brits rooting for Hatton), which translated to $10,393,950.00.

&#8226; No. 23: In September 2009, Mayweather ended a 21-month retirement by facing Juan Manuel Marquez and drew a paid crowd of 12,009 for a gate of $6,865,250.

Besides projecting a big crowd at the MGM Grand, my prediction is that Mayweather-Ortiz, at $54.95, will be the best-selling pay-per-view fight of the year. HBO's four-part "24/7 Mayweather-Ortiz" reality series, which follows the fighters through their training camps, will debut Aug. 27 (10 p.m. ET/PT).