Floyd Mayweather fights in Dubai in first NFT boxing match

The first-ever non-fungible symbolic boxing match takes place in Dubai at the Burj al-Arab between Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and ‘Dangerous’ Don Moore. The event will take place on May 14 and NFT cardholders will get instant access to an exclusive live stream of the match.

By owning a Global Titans Fight Series NFT, fans will also receive a unique Global Titans NFT ticket, limited edition 3D collectibles, a Mayweather autograph, video footage and ten photos to be released after the event.

The NFT may also award future utility and prizes, which may potentially increase its value after the match has occurred. The tickets can be traded on NFT marketplaces such as OpenSea and Rarible before and after the event. One NFT ticket is currently available on Rarible for the price of 140 MATIC.

To watch the event, users will need to link a crypto wallet like MetaMask to the platform and will be given watch access instead. Other matchups of the evening include:

  • Anderson Silva vs. Bruno Machado
  • Badou Jack vs. Hany Atiyo
  • Delfine Person vs. Ma├»va Hamashower
  • Ryan Ford vs. Bilal Laggoune

Mayweather, arguably the greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time, has come out of retirement several times for exhibition fights that proved entertaining if nothing else for boxing fans. Both Mayweather and Moore are 45 years old.

NFTs are growing in boxing and sports

This may be the first time an NFT has been linked to pay-per-view coverage of a world-class boxing event, but it’s far from the only NFT in boxing.

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury delivered a 1/1 NFT to his fight against Dilian Whyte on April 23, retaining his title with a vicious 6th round uppercut. Owners of Fury’s NFT were given first-rate tickets to the match and the chance to sit down and have breakfast with the champion.

Mike Tyson has also teamed up with Binance to launch a mysterious NFT Box collection linked to physical collectibles and merchandise. And outside of the boxing world, several sports leagues are investing heavily in the burgeoning technology, including the NBA, NFL, UFC, and Major League Soccer.

Connecting NFTs with IRL tools such as tickets, signatures and limited edition collectibles allows athletes and leagues to build functional value behind digital assets.

No one knows for sure whether the Global Titans Fight Series NFTs will increase in value over time. But at the very least, the NFT pay-per-view ticket model seems like a new and exciting way to watch a fight.

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