Floyd Mayweather's unique exhibition clash with Don Moore could reportedly happen as early as next week after their Saturday night bout was postponed amid tragedy.
The 'Money Man' was due to face his former sparring partner in Dubai on a hotel helipad – 700ft above sea level. The intriguing ring had already been set up with around just 20 VIP spectators set to watch, having paid the equivalent of £150,000 for a seat.
However, on Friday, came news of the death of 73-year-old UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed. Khalifa had been in the role since 2004 onwards, and was reportedly worth around $120million.
As a result, the UAE’s ministry of presidential affairs announced a 40-day period of mourning and a three-day suspension of work in all ministries. Mayweather himself shared a picture of Sheikh Khalifa on Instagram, along with the caption: "Sending my condolences to the entire UAE. RIP Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed."
It all meant that the two American stars, who had prepared for their big night by sparring in Dubai, saw their event scrapped with. no new date set. However, Global Titans Fight Service have insisted that the pair will still dance very soon.
In a released statement, they promised "a new date to be announced very soon." They added: "We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and reassure fans that this spectacular event will be staged in the future." And according to TMZ Sports, they have reported that the two boxers could reschedule the fight for sometime next week.
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Despite announcing his retirement after beating UFC star Conor McGregor in 2017, a win which saw him go 50-0, Mayweather has continued to take exhibition fights. A year later he embarrassed featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa after initial confusion over the rules.
Last June he then faced YouTuber Logan Paul. Despite outclassing the influencer, the occasion drew much criticism with Mayweather appearing to ease up and deliberately prolong the clash.
And despite his latest showing being delayed, the icon shouldn't be desperate for the cash. Last week he bagged around £42,546 after betting big on Dmitry Bivol to beat his old rival Canelo Alvarez.
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