Big3 -- the basketball brain child of rap mogul Ice Cube -- has struck a deal with the powers-that-be spearheading the upcoming Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match to allow them to stage the extravaganza inside T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Prior to Showtime Sports and Mayweather Promotions locking down the date, Big3 had already secured the venue to stage its inaugural 3-on-3 pro basketball title game on the same day, prompting many to predict trouble in paradise for the “Fight of the Century.”
But, just a few weeks prior to fight night, it seems Cube and Co. received the generous offer they were looking for in order to change venues. In a statement released earlier today (Tues. July 11, 2017) via MMA Junkie, Big3 officials explained how it all went down.
“We are grateful to MGM Resorts, Mayweather Promotions and UFC for presenting us with a generous offer that we could not refuse, ensuring that our fans will have the best experience possible at our Big3 Championship Finals at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. We are happy we could work together to create an opportunity for our fans to experience both events, making August 26 the most exciting day in sports and entertainment Las Vegas has ever seen.”
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White also released a statement showing his appreciation.
“We appreciate (Big3 co-founders) Ice Cube, Jeff Kwatinetz and the Big 3 for their willingness to work together on bringing the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight to T-Mobile Arena. We look forward to working together with them to ensure that the people in Las Vegas and those watching both events at home will experience a historic day in sports that they’ll never forget.”
The exact amount of the “generous” offer was not disclosed. Nevertheless, it seems one of the big hurdles standing in the way for “Money” and “Notorious” to throw down on Aug. 26 has been cleared, which means all systems are a go.
Meanwhile, the “Mayweather vs. McGregor” international press tour kicked off earlier today inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. For a full recap of that kickoff promotional event click here.