Top Rank CEO Bob Arum was advised by MGM Resorts International that the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas would not be available to host any boxing events on April 14 or April 21 - the two dates Arum's company had targeted to stage a ESPN televised event.
As BoxingScene.com reported on Wednesday, Arum had already started the process of potentially moving the card to Madison Square Garden in New York City with the likely date of April 14.
Arum thought Las Vegas was a sure thing, but the T-Mobile is reserving those date for the NHL playoffs, which begin on April 11. The Las Vegas Golden Knights are in first place in the Pacific Division.
The card will feature Terence Crawford's first fight at 147-pounds, as he challenges Jeff Horn for the WBO welterweight title.
And if Arum is able to reach an agreement on the money, the event will also feature the return of eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao - in his first bout since losing a twelve round decision to Horn last July in Australia.
“We weren’t able to get anything in Vegas,” Arum said to the Las Vegas Review Journal. “For sure it’s not going to be in Vegas. It’s nobody’s fault. I don’t want to place blame. We’re happy to be in New York. It wasn’t a question of a bidding war or anything like that. If I can’t get a building, I can’t get a building.”
“If Las Vegas wasn’t doing well, all these building would be empty and begging for events. Las Vegas has now become a premier spot for every concert and everything else.
“I’m not going to say this is terrible. Blame so and so. It’s great when the MGM has three arenas and tells me all three are completely taken, and as much as they want the event, they can’t fit it in … and I say, hooray, you’re doing great.”