Floyd Mayweather Jr. (45-0, 26 KO’s) finally made up his mind today about where to stage his May 3rd fight against WBA welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (35-3, 31 KO’s). The fight will be staged at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. The venue was a real no-brainer due to the absence of a state tax in Nevada. That’s why makes Nevada and other states like Texas and Washington ideal for boxing, because the fighters don’t take a second hit on their taxes after having a huge chunk taken out on the federal taxes.
Having the fight staged in New York instead of Las Vegas would have taken a huge chunk out of Mayweather’s winning, and that obviously is something that he wasn’t too keen on taking place. The only way it would have been worth it for Mayweather to fight at the Barclays Center would be if they sweetened the pot by giving Mayweather extra cash to cover what he’d be losing from the state tax money taken from his purse.
The Mayweather-Maidana had the chance to be staged at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Mayweather had liked the idea of fighting in New York. However, Mayweather eventually decided on having the fight take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, which is very near his Las Vegas home. That obviously helped make Mayweather’s decision a little easier.
Mayweather has fought exclusively at the MGM Grand since 2007, and it’s brought him very good luck because no one has come close to beating him during that time. It also helps that he’s not faced Manny Pacquiao during all those years. A fight against Pacquiao might have brought an end to Mayweather’s unbeaten run at the MGM Grand.