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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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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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.

Ice Cube offers to move basketball final for big boxing bout if the price is right .
Ice Cube has offered to move his BIG3 basketball league championship game for Floyd Mayweather, Jr's boxing comeback - if the price is right. Floyd plans to face off against UFC tough guy Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on 26 August (17) - the same night as the BIG3 final. The rapper and actor, who runs the basketball league, has revealed he's in talks with boxing bosses and they're close to a deal that will prompt him to move his sports showdown. Appearing on U.S. sports talk show Undisputed on Monday (19Jun17), the It Was a Good Day hitmaker said he will move his big game "if they (promoters) do what they're supposed to do and make us happy", adding, "I think we can get there." Ice Cube added sports mogul to his impressive resume after quietly making plans to launch a U.S. summer basketball league earlier this year (17). The former N.W.A. star, who is a fervent Los Angeles Lakers fan, teamed up with a few former NBA players to start up the travelling league. The eight-team league features a handful of retired players, with basketball great Gary Payton among the coaches. Cube's business partner Jeff Kwatinetz, who is the deputy executive director of the NBA Players Association, is also part of the brain trust behind the new initiative. "A lot of these guys can still play once they retire - just not the back-to-backs or four games in five nights," the rapper says.

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