FLOYD MAYWEATHER and Don Moore’s exhibition bout in Dubai is set to be rescheduled “very soon”, event organisers confirmed.
But with less than 24 hours to go, the death of 73-year-old UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed forced the entire event to be axed.
Mayweather was hosting the pay-per-view show alongside FrontRow and Global Titans Fight Series.
And despite the boxing legend not yet breaking 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 which was scheduled to take place on May 14th at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel has been postponed until further notice, with a new date to be announced very soon.
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“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and reassure fans that this spectacular event will be staged in the future.”
Mayweather himself paid tribute to Khalifa, as he posted: “Sending my condolences to the entire UAE. RIP Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.”
Pictures revealed the ring had already been set up just hours before the cancelation with undercard fighters getting to grips with it.
But the UAE’s ministry of presidential affairs announced a 40-day period of mourning and a three-day suspension of work in all ministries.
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That ultimately led to Mayweather’s exhibition event being postponed with no official word on a rescheduled date.
Khalifa was leader of the UAE from 2004 onwards and is thought to have been 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 set to be in attendance, with tickets purchased as NFTs, costing the equivalent of £150,000.
Mayweather was set to box in his third exhibition bout since officially retiring in 2017 after beating UFC superstar Conor McGregor, 33.
Firstly, he faced featherweight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa, 23, in 2018 and then YouTuber Logan Paul, 27, last June.