- Dan Rafael, Boxing
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Unlike in Las Vegas, where the MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay routinely open up their arenas to the public for free for the weigh-ins ahead of big fights, that's not the case for major New York fights. Madison Square Garden fights are typically closed affairs that are limited to commission members, the promoters, fighters, their teams and media.
But the grudge rematch between junior middleweight titlist Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito -- the hottest New York fight in years -- is an exception.
The fighters meet Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET, $54.95) at the Garden, and promoter Top Rank and Garden officials decided to open the Theater at Madison Square Garden for the weigh-in to the public.
The doors to the Theater will open at 4 p.m. ET, with the weigh-in beginning at 5 p.m. If you want to attend, you need a ticket, but they will be issued at no cost.
Fans can pick up tickets (which are limited to one pair per person) at the Madison Square Garden box office during normal business hours through noon ET on Friday. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The open weigh-in is no ploy in an effort to move tickets, either. The fight will be a clean sellout of more than 20,000. As of Wednesday, according to Top Rank, there were just a couple of hundred scattered tickets remaining for a fight that will generate a gate of about $3.4 million.
Unlike in Las Vegas, where the MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay routinely open up their arenas to the public for free for the weigh-ins ahead of big fights, that's not the case for major New York fights.