Ahead of Floyd Mayweather’s massive clash with Conor McGregor, we asked MGM to reveal plans for a spectacular event in Las Vegas.
Mayweather’s blockbuster battle with McGregor is one of the biggest sporting events of the year, with an unprecedented number of fans and media expected to descend on The T-Mobile Arena for this weekend’s showdown, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
MGM Resorts International have hosted a succession of huge fights over the years, but they must now stage events for the biggest star in boxing and the UFC in the coming days.
An MGM spokesperson has answered questions about ticket sales, Donald Trump rumours, and ring walks…
Have tickets sold out for Mayweather-McGregor?
We are definitely close to a sell-out and have a few tickets left for fans. The ticket prices range from $500 to $10,000.
Are you expecting plenty of A-list stars?
I’m sure our colleagues at Showtime and the promoters will get a longer list as we get closer. I think it’s safe to say that we will have a wonderful turn out from the entertainment and sports world.
Is Donald Trump going to attend the fight?
I do not know. You would have to ask the chief of staff at the White House. He may have reached out to the promoters or Showtime, I have not heard.
Where will the ‘Grand Arrival’ take place?
They are happening on Tuesday at Toshiba Plaza, which is adjacent to the T-Mobile Arena. There is a production being developed as we speak and anyone there will see a great spectacle.
Which venue will host the press conferences?
The main event press conference is on Wednesday in the KA Theatre, and then on Thursday the undercard press conference is going to be held at the David Copperfield Theatre at the MGM Grand as well.
Where can you watch the weigh-in?
The weigh-in will be at the T-Mobile Arena on Friday at 3pm Las Vegas time, which is 11pm UK time. It will be a ticketed event, with complimentary admission. Everyone who has a ticket will have a seat.
Will you screen the fight for fans who do not have a ticket?
They can watch it at any of our MGM Resort properties along the Las Vegas strip.
What are the ideal venues for McGregor’s Irish fans?
We have a couple. At ‘New York New York’, adjacent to the T-Mobile Arena, is a restaurant called ‘Nine Fine Irishmen.’ That is a great spot. Then there is also another Irish pub called ‘Ri Ra’.
Should we expect memorable ring walks?
I imagine the promoters are working on something for the ring walk. Yes, the T-Mobile could stage an extravagant ring walk.
Have you been preparing for a huge attendance of fans?
I think we will see a great atmosphere on Saturday night at the T-Mobile Arena and the fans of both fighters will come out in droves to support their fighter.
It’s a great opportunity for Las Vegas to show why it’s the entertainment capital of the world.
Watch Mayweather vs McGregor, from the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, from midnight August 26, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book the event online here.