Sport Fresh setback for Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor as Ice Cube books T-Mobile Arena for 26 August

15:01  19 june  2017
15:01  19 june  2017 Source:   International Business Times

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Composite of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor © Action Images & Getty Images Composite of Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor

The "billion dollar fight" between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor has suffered a fresh setback as the proposed T-Mobile Arena venue may not be available for 26 August.

The two combat stars officially announced last Wednesday (14 June) that their big money boxing fight will finally take place.

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While the venue was not confirmed, UFC president Dana White revealed that it would take place at the T-Mobile Arena in the fight capital of the world in Las Vegas.

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According to ESPN: The Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved an August 26 fight date for Mayweather Promotions for an event expected to be held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Still, numerous sources have indicated that Mayweather vs . McGregor is being targeted for Aug.

Dana White on SportsCenter says Mayweather vs . McGregor will be at T - Mobile Arena and at 154 pounds. Next Story → Video – Dana White talks details of Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather .

However, the venue is now in doubt as the 20,000 capacity arena has been booked by rap star and actor Ice Cube for his BIG3 basketball league game on the same date as the fight.

According to TMZ, the rapper has no intention of rescheduling either as BIG3 are continuing to advertise and sell tickets.

Despite this, both camps remain confident that a compromise can be reached and that a venue will eventually be decided on, with the MGM Grand being the ideal alternative, where Mayweather has notably fought plenty of times.

The big money fight, handled by Showtime Sports, is expected to be the most lucrative in combat sports history, with both fighters expected to earn in excess of $100m (£78m).

MGM Grand © Getty MGM Grand

And with ticket prices and pay-per-view costs expected to be significantly higher, the bout could also top Mayweather vs Pacquiao, and make $1bn (£0.78bn) in revenue.

"As with every Mayweather and McGregor fight part of the appeal is the spectacle and outsize personalities who are participating in it," Showtime Sports' Stephen Espinoza said, as quoted on The Independent.

Mayweather-McGregor fight is reportedly seeking a $10 million title sponsor .
Boxer Floyd Mayweather and non-boxer Conor McGregor announced earlier this year that they will square off in the right on August 26, in a fight that promises to net both fighters massive paydays. The sponsorship asking price confirms that.

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