Lowcountry bars pay thousands to show Mayweather, Pacquiao fight

Lowcountry bars pay thousands to show Mayweather, Pacquiao fight

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Since the initial announcement of the May 2 bout between boxing megastars Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, local bar owners have also been fighting with the decision to purchase the fight for customers.

"It's a lot of work, for possibly a one minute event," said owner Doug Allison, of Southside 17 Bar and Grill on Johns Island.

Allison joins a host of lowcountry bars and restaurants opting not to show the fight, which also includes King Street Grille, and The Kickin' Chicken, among others.

Allison said the price of the fight for larger venues varied by seating capacity, and the number of television screen.

For Southside 17, the final price totaled more than $3500, with a seating capacity of less than 99 people.

"We thought, $1500, $2000, we were in.  We heard $3500, we just thought it wasn't a good business decision."

Meanwhile, a Buffalo Wild Wings franchise in North Charleston, is opting to take risk.

Gary Messenger, General Manager for the bar just outside Tanger Outlets, said he's been preparing for more than a year.

"The fans want it," he said.

With a price topping $4600 just to air the fight, Buffalo Wild Wings has also instituted a $20 cover charge for the night, in addition to doubling its staff and hiring extra security.

"It's a risk," added Allison, of Southside 17.

"It's risk versus reward."

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