Floyd Mayweather exhibition event moved to Abu Dhabi for May 21


The helipad may have to go, but Floyd Mayweather will have his boxing event on Saturday.

Mayweather on Thursday posted an event poster for a show entitled Abu Dhabi Unity. The event originally was targeted to take place on Saturday in Dubai after its postponement from May 14 due to the death of United Arab Emirates president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Originally titled The Showcase in the Skies, Mayweather, former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva and other boxing stars were set to compete at the Burjal Arab helipad in Dubai. Multiple sources confirmed that MMA Fighting will host the event at Etihad Arena Abu Dhabi. This venue has previously hosted many UFC fights.

Mayweather will be boxing Don Moore, his ex-sparring partner, after he retired from professional boxing following his fight with Conor McGregor. The undefeated ex-champ has pivoted to exhibition bouts over the past several years, taking on Tenshin Nasukawa and, most recently, social media influencer turned boxer Logan Paul.

Silva will face Bruno Machado in his latest professional boxing appearance since his UFC departure in 2020. Ex-champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was previously appointed as his successor in the squared circle.