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Floyd Mayweather's bizarre exhibition bout on a Dubai helipad will now take place this weekend.
The contest – against the little-known 'Dangerous' Don Moore – was set to be staged on May 14. But the death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan prompted the country to announce a three-day suspension of work. But now it has been rescheduled for this weekend after Mayweather stayed in the Middle East to be ready for the show. It will take place on top of the Burj Al Khalifa Hotel.
Mayweather, who was 50-0 as a professional boxer, is continuing to take part in these pointless yet money-spinning exhibitions around the world.
Last year, he took on YouTuber Logan Paul in Miami in a bout which drew big numbers but was a farcical spectacle with Mayweather much smaller than Paul but still toying with the boxing novice. He vowed that would be the last time he enters a ring for such an event.
His glittering ring career includes wins over Manny Pacquiao, Oscar de la Hoya and British star Ricky Hatton as he dominated boxing for over two decades and earned vast fortunes in pay-per-view money. But there are still plenty willing to pay him to box now in exhibitions at the age of 45.
But earlier this year, he signed up to fight Moore in another exhibition once the big offer came from the Middle East. This is his third exhibition since he retired from boxing officially.
In December 2018, he took apart Japanese kick boxer Tenshin Nasukawa in another embarrassing spectacle in the Far East.
Mayweather’s last official bout was in August of 2017 as he stopped novice Conor McGregor to stretch his record to 50-0, but even that was seen as a farcical event given the Irish MMA star had never had a professional boxing outing.
The American's status in the sport is secured, though. He is known as one of the greatest fighters in history given his impeccable record and his talent. He began his career at super-featherweight after winning Olympic bronze at Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
Mayweather went on to win world titles at super-featherweight, lightweight, light-welterweight, welterweight and light-middleweight in a career which span three decades and his record of wins looks like a list of hall-of-fame fighters.
He insisted he was retiring after the September 2015 win over Andre Berto which took him to 49-0, three months after he had outclassed long-time rival Pacquiao in the richest fight in boxing history.
But he was lured back by a chance to earn over £100m for fighting McGregor and now continues to cash in with these exhibition bouts across the world.
There will be no decision in the clash with Moore on the helipad. American Moore has not fought as a professional since 2016 and is no longer active in the sport.
- Floyd Mayweather
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