Boxing news: Floyd Mayweather blames ticket-selling process for no fans showing up, Aaron Chalmers

Floyd Mayweather claimed tickets going on sale too late was to blame for the awful turnout at his UK debut.

The ring icon, 46, fought Aaron Chalmers in an eight-round exhibition bout at London’s O2 Arena.

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It was the first time Mayweather has ever fought on British soil during a legendary career.

But the bout took place in front of a virtually empty 20,000-seat arena. The entire top tier was shut off for Sunday’s card, The Sun reports.

And the lower tier was no more than half full – meaning the attendance was likely under 5,000.

But Mayweather believes the ticket-selling process was to blame for the poor turnout.

“We did this in one month – not even four weeks,” he said during his post-fight press conference.

“I think the tickets should’ve went on sale a lot faster.

“My new team is still learning. I have got to take my hat off to them, it’s not their fault.

“It’s just when we fight in the US, as soon as we announce the fight, tickets are on sale.

“Here, we announced the fight and the tickets didn’t go on sale until a week or two weeks later.”

Mayweather added: “I don’t point fingers. We work together as a team.

“When you buy tickets over here, you don’t really want to spend money.

“In America we don’t mind spending money.”

Mayweather took on former reality TV star Chalmers in his British bow.

He stepped into the ring wearing the British flag on his shorts in a bid to appeal to his UK fans.

Speaking in the ring after the fight, he said: “I would like to thank all the fans in the UK.

“The United Kingdom is unbelievable – the UK is becoming the Mecca of boxing.

“Me and Aaron Chalmers had a chance to come together and we had fun for eight rounds.

“If the UK fans want me to come back, I’m coming back.”

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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