With a new way of watching the event via NFT and cryptocurrency, Floyd Mayweather was ready for another exhibition bout. That will have to wait, as his planned bout on Saturday against Don Moore has been nixed.
TMZ Sports was the first to report that the fight, which would take place on the Burj Al Arab Hotel helipad in Dubai, is now off the fight calendar for this weekend. This is a result of the death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The UAE news agency WAM is reporting that government officials have suspended “work in ministries, departments, federal and local institutions, and the private sector” for the next three days. With the fight on Saturday, it falls under those named suspensions.
Mayweather sent out a post on social media confirming the news.
“Sending my condolences to the entire UAE RIP Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed”
Who was UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan?
Born in 1948, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan became the President of the UAE in 2004. He is the son of Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE. After his father’s death, Khalifa replaced him as President not long after. Prior to being President, he was the supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces and the Chairman of the Supreme Petroleum Council.
Khalifa was considered one of the world’s wealthiest monarchs.
Mayweather, a multiple-time boxing champion, retired in 2017 after a fight against Conor McGregor. He has competed in two exhibition bouts since then. One was against Logan Paul in Miami in 2021. “Money” went the distance in a fight that was not officially scored. He also beat kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa via TKO in 2018.
Moore competed in the ring from 1999 to 2016. A former sparring partner of Mayweather’s, he was trained by Floyd’s late uncle Roger Mayweather. The last time he fought was in 2016, beating DeShaun Williams via knockout.
On top of the helipad, only 20-plus VIP fans were going to attend. That was through a deal with Global Titans in which NFTs were involved. This weekend would have been the first sporting event to utilize that format. As a form of payment for the pay-per-view, cryptocurrency of 65 Ethereum was an option. That is about $185,000-$187,000.
The event also included the return to boxing of former UFC champion Anderson Silva. Former WBC-super-middleweight and WBA light-heavyweight champion Badou Jack was also going to compete. The only title fight on the card featured Delfine Persoon vs. Elhem Mekhaled for the WBC super-featherweight title.
The current plan is to see whether the fight can be re-scheduled ASAP. As of now, no official date has been set.