Floyd Mayweather vs Don Moore back ON in Abu Dhabi as last-minute change is confirmed with Dubai helipad bout scrapped

FLOYD MAYWEATHER and Don Moore are set to fight at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi after their helipad fight in Dubai was scrapped.

The former sparring partners were due to share the ring last weekend atop the Burj Al Arab hotel, 700ft above sea level.


Floyd Mayweather is set to fight Don Moore in his boxing returnCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Floyd Mayweather's exhibition return is set for the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi


Floyd Mayweather’s exhibition return is set for the Etihad Arena in Abu DhabiCredit: Getty

But the death of 73-year-old UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan forced the entire event to be called off. 

The UAE’s ministry of presidential affairs had announced a 40-day period of mourning and a three-day suspension of work in all ministries.

It left organisers scrambling to find a new date after the ring was put up only hours before the cancellation. 

Mayweather, 45, went on to announce that his comeback fight faced only a seven-day delay and would take place this Saturday, May 21.

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But Global Titans Fight Series, who were due to co-promote, denied his claim and said the event would likely be rescheduled to October.

Mayweather then offered up another update and suggested his return WILL be on Saturday, moving less than 100 miles down the road.

He is now set to fight Moore, 42, in Abu Dhabi at the Etihad Arena, where Conor McGregor, 33, headlined in January 2021.

FrontRow, staging the fight alongside Mayweather, shared the venue change on their website.


It read: “Get your PPV access now and see the show live from Etihad Arena!”

SunSport understands Mayweather still hopes to fight in the extraordinary helipad exhibition at a later date.

But with current heats of close to 40 degrees in Dubai, and the fight taking place outdoor, an indoor venue was needed.

At first, only 20-40 VIP guests were set to be in attendance, with tickets purchased as NFTs and costing around £150,000.


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This is Mayweather’s third boxing exhibition since officially retiring in 2017 after beating UFC superstar Conor McGregor, 33. 

The first was against featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, 23, in 2018 and lastly with YouTuber Logan Paul, 27, last June.

Mayweather’s latest undercard is set to feature UFC legend Anderson Silva, 47, in action against Bruno Machado, 35.

Former two-weight world champion Badou Jack, 38, is also due to fight Egyptian Hany Atiyo, also 38.

Don Moore and Floyd Mayweather ahead of their exhibition


Don Moore and Floyd Mayweather ahead of their exhibitionCredit: EPA
Floyd Mayweather pictured with UFC legend Anderson Silva


Floyd Mayweather pictured with UFC legend Anderson SilvaCredit: EPA

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