The exhibition between FLOYD MAYWEATHER and Don Moore in Dubai should be postponed “very soon”, the organizers of the event have confirmed.
The pair of former sparring partners were due to fight on top of the Burj Al Arab hotel tonight HELIPORTwhich is 700 feet above sea level.
But with less than 24 hours to go, the death of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, 73, forced the entire event to be called off.
Mayweather hosted the pay-per-view show alongside FrontRow and Global Titans Fight Series.
And while the boxing legend has yet to break his silence, a statement confirmed the postponement.
It read: “Out of deepest respect and due to the unforeseen circumstances of force majeure, the Global Titans Dubai event scheduled to take place on May 14 at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel has been postponed until further notice, with a new date to be announced very soon.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and reassure fans that this spectacular event will take place in the future.”
Mayweather himself paid tribute to Khalifa by posting, “Sending my condolences to the entire UAE. RIP Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.”
Footage has revealed the ring had already been set up just hours before the cancellation, with undercard fighters going about it.
But the UAE’s Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced a 40-day mourning period and a three-day work suspension across all ministries.
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This ultimately led to Mayweather’s exhibit being postponed without official word on a rescheduled date.
Khalifa was the leader of the United Arab Emirates from 2004 and is thought to be worth around $120million.
He is also the half-brother of Sheikh Mansour, the billionaire who bought Manchester City football club in 2008.
Mayweather, 45, had spent the week in Dubai promoting and training for the fight alongside Moore, 42.
Only 20-40 VIP fans were expected to attend, with tickets purchased as NFTs costing the equivalent of £150,000.
Mayweather was scheduled to contest his third exhibition bout since officially retiring in 2017 after defeating UFC superstar Conor McGregor, 33.
First, he faced featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, 23, in 2018, then YouTuber Logan Paul, 27, last June.