What’s On reveals Novo Cinemas will screen Floyd Mayweather v Pacquiao in Dubai, live from MGM; you can watch championship boxing in Dubai.
It has been hailed as the biggest sporting event ever, a match up between two men who both claim to be the single greatest boxers to ever walk the planet.
But with Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao set to take place in Las Vegas on May 2, the time difference between the west coast of the USA and the UAE means many fans are struggling for a means of watching.
But now Novo has stepped in to offer fight fans the change to watch the Welterweight World Championship on giant cinema screens, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In total, six cinemas across the region will show the fight, with screenings starting from 5am on Sunday May 3. The entertainment is expected to end at around 9am.
Those keen to see the spectacle will be able to buy tickets online or from the relevant box offices – Dubai’s Cineplex (near Grand Hyatt), Ibn Battuta Mall, Al Ghurair Mall and Dubai Festival City; Abu Dhabi’s World Trade Centre Mall; and Sharjah’s Mega Mall – from Thursday April 16. They are priced at Dhs99, and include breakfast.
The contest between the American and the Filipino has been the best part of five years in the making.
Between them, the two fighters have earned more than $750million from boxing, with the May 2 spectacle (profits of which are split 60/40 in favour of the unbeaten American) set to push that figure above the $1 billion mark.
CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS
Our pals over at Emirates Man spoke to Pacquiao just last month. You can read the full interview in the April issue of Emirates Man. They also revealed the staggering numbers behind the richest fight in the world.
$120m Mayweather’s cut
$80m Pacquiao’s cut
$300-500m Expected PPV revenue
$150m Previous record set by Mayweather (vs Oscar De La Hoya, 2013)
$1,000 Cheapest fight ticket available
$74m Expected gate receipts
3 minutes The time, from fight announcement, it took the MGM Grand to sell-out all 6,852 rooms for fight night.