Floyd Mayweather and Anderson Silva’s helipad boxing event canceled after UAE leader’s death

The Global Titans Fight Series event scheduled to take place today at the helipad of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah hotel in Dubai has been cancelled. At that event, both Floyd Mayweather Jr. as Anderson Silva participate in boxing matches.

According to TMZ the reason behind the cancellation is the unexpected death of the President of the United Arab Emirates, Shiekh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Following the leader’s death yesterday, the country announced a three-day shutdown of all businesses.

“Out of deepest respect and due to these unforeseen circumstances of force majeure, the Global Titans Dubai event scheduled for May 14 at the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah has been postponed until further notice, with a new date to be announced very shortly. coming soon,” read a release from Global Titans.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and reassure fans that this spectacular event will take place in the future.”

During the event, 45-year-old Mayweather was expected to box against his former sparring partner Don Moore, according to the practice rules. Moore is 42 with a pro record of 18-0-1 and his last pro game will come in 2016.

Former UFC champion Silva, who turned 47 last month, Bruno Machado, a 35-year-old MMA champion, is said to be boxing with the UAE Warriors promotion.

For Silva, this would be his third boxing match since leaving the UFC in 2020. In 2021, he defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. through split decision. He followed that up with a KO of former UFC champion Tito Ortiz.

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