The wheels seem to be firmly in motion for a Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor clash to make it over the line, but where exactly will the fight take place?
Mayweather, 39, is reportedly close to finalizing a nine-figure deal to face the two-weight UFC champion, with the ‘Money’ man’s home of Las Vegas the early frontrunner to stage the contest.
Despite speculation that the fight could be held in an alternate city across America, or indeed the world, the general consensus is that Mayweather will stick to what he knows.
MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA – Mayweather’s favorite place to fight and the stage of many, many super-fights in the past. The Grand Garden Has to be considered the most likely at this point should Mayweather want to keep familiarity.
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA – The 20,000 stadia could certainly be considered as Mayweather is yet to grace the new arena in a fight. Canelo Alvarez has quickly attempted to fill his old foes shoes by taking May and September dates since Floyd retired and now making this newly-built venue his own backyard.
Golden Boy had earmarked the T-Mobile Arena for a possible Canelo v Gennady Golovkin bout in the fall – around a September date, and that could be the only hindrance to any plans for Mayweather to face McGregor there.
Four out of five of McGregor’s last UFC contests have taken place in Las Vegas, with only the Irishman’s latest win over Eddie Alvarez moving to New York.
McGregor is yet to officially be granted a license to box in Las Vegas, although is cleared to fight in California, a city which wouldn’t be considered by Mayweather moving forward.
It’s not thought McGregor will have any problems gaining a license to box in Las Vegas, though, having lined up a trip this week which could bring a final outcome to recent problems with the Nevada Commission.