Despite the anticipation surrounding Floyd Mayweather's UK debut exhibition bout against Aaron Chalmers, boxing fans seemed to have given it a cold shoulder as they stayed away from the 20,000-capacity O2 arena in London.
The fights started earlier in the evening, and as they got underway, the stadium appeared to be almost empty. This meant that the Mayweather-Chalmers battle was marred by poor attendance, with many of the seats empty at the O2 venue.
It's common for boxing fans to only show up for the main event, but it appears that even the corridors and walkways of the O2 arena were empty during Floyd Mayweather's UK debut exhibition bout. Despite his legendary status in the sport, the 46-year-old Mayweather appeared unable to draw a crowd, suggesting that he might be losing his appeal to fans. However, Mayweather's worldwide exhibition tour is still proving to be lucrative, with him earning millions since he retired from professional boxing.
Despite regular ticket prices ranging from approximately £141.50 to £1,038.50, fans were not convinced to attend the event. The discounted price also failed to attract a crowd. Furthermore, the event's live stream was delayed by half an hour, starting at 8:15 pm, and the first fight between Sammy-Jo Luxton and Hayley Heather did not begin until 8:30 pm. The empty seats at the O2 arena and the delay in the event may indicate a lack of interest from boxing fans in Floyd Mayweather's exhibition bout against Chalmers.
Floyd Mayweather vs. Aaron Chalmers bout purse and prize money
Floyd Mayweather, a boxing legend, is expected to earn another massive payout from his exhibition bout against Aaron Chalmers scheduled for tonight at The O2 arena in London. The retired fighter, who holds a perfect 50-0 record and last fought in 2017 against UFC superstar Conor McGregor, has been on a lucrative exhibition tour across Dubai, Japan, and the United States, earning tens of millions of dollars in the process.
While the exact amount 'Money Mayweather' will earn from his exhibition fight against Chalmers is unknown, it is expected to be over $20 million, based on his previous earnings. In September 2021, Mayweather made $20 million for a three-round exhibition fight against Mikuru Asakura, and $25 million for his exhibition bout against YouTuber Deji in November 2021. Mayweather's highest exhibition purse to date was $65 million when he fought Logan Paul in 2021.