All those who had booked flights and rooms in Las Vegas for the weekend of May 3rd hoping to see Floyd Mayweather’s latest performance in the ring can now
breathe easy. After some rumblings the past few weeks that his bout
versus Marco Maidana could land at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New
York, Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) tweeted out on Wednesday afternoon:
“I will be fighting at the best place on Earth on May 3rd…the MGM Grand. Reserve your rooms at mgmgrand.compic.twitter/.”
was always a bit of a longshot for Mayweather to fight anywhere but the MGM Grand, where his last eight bouts have taken place going back to his 2007 fight against Oscar De la Hoya. And while the Barclays Center is an opulent new building and has made a significant commitment to boxing, it’s difficult for any venue to compete financially for any fight that a Las Vegas casino really wants. It was hard to imagine that the MGM Grand was going to let Mayweather slip away in traditionally one of their most important weekends of the year.
Mayweather, a longtime Las Vegas resident, last fought outside the 702 area code in November of 2005 when he faced Sharmba Mitchell at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. Floyd fighting outside of his city would probably have been a bigger upset than if Maidana defeated him on May 3rd.
Per press release:
Tickets priced at $1,500, $1,000, $750, $550 and $350, not including applicable service charges and taxes, go on sale Saturday, March 8 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person with a limit of two (2) at the $350 price range. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.