Mbalula denies spending state money to see Mayweather fight

2015-05-03 14:40
Fikile Mbalula. (GCIS)

Fikile Mbalula. (GCIS)

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Johannesburg - Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula has denied spending government money to attend the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match in Las Vegas, which took place early on Sunday morning. 

This followed from a question posed by Beeld editor Adriaan Basson on Twitter: "The minister of sport is in Las Vegas to watch a boxing match. Wonder who paid. Hope not the public purse."

He attached a tweet by Mbalula which stated: "Good morning Las Vegas, fight day, super day #FloydVSPacquiao".

Mbalula tweeted to Basson: 

The twitterverse weighed in on the matter, with many defending Basson's right to ask such a question, while others defended Mbalula.

According to Forbes, tickets for the fight cost anywhere between R158 000, when tickets went on sale on April 24, to R31 000 a day before the fight.

Mayweather won in a unanimous points decision. 

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