Put best seats up for grabs, say 2 officials

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By David Giuliani

As part of its deal with the city of Las Vegas, a boxing promoter will give the city eight ringside seats and 30 general admission seats for the planned Holly Holm fight in September.

Should the community expect to see the politically connected in the choice seats?

Absolutely not, if some city officials get their way.

Councilman Morris Madrid, a boxing fan, said he thinks the city should raffle off the seats and let the proceeds go to some good cause such as a homeless shelter. He said city officials shouldn’t be eligible.

Madrid said it would appear to be a form of a kickback if city officials were given the seats after having approved money for the boxing promoter, Albuquerque-based Fresquez Productions, to advertise the event, which officials see as an economic booster for the area.

City Manager Timothy Dodge said he likes Madrid’s proposal.

“The tickets should be used in a constructive manner, so the whole public could benefit,” he said.

Dodge said he would have to work on the logistics.

The fight is set for Sept. 5.