Floyd Mayweather UK Exhibition Fail As O2 Arena Left Virtually Empty

Over the weekend, Floyd Mayweather and his team made their way to the O2 Arena for his UK debut, but it appears that fans were not particularly enthusiastic.

On Saturday night (February 25th), Mayweather faced Geordie Shore celebrity Aaron Chalmers in a stadium with a 20,000-person capacity, but it was only half full.

During the exhibition, the former world champion seemed fairly laid-back, taunting his reality TV adversary throughout the majority of the fight and handily winning all eight rounds.

It seems that fans did not take the fight as seriously as Mayweather did, given the low turnout.

During the broadcast of the fight on Zeus TV, the focus appeared to be solely on the ring, with no shots of the audience, which could have been an attempt to avoid drawing attention to the small number of attendees.

However, photos and videos from those who did attend revealed hundreds of empty seats scattered throughout the arena.

According to some reports, one ticket agency attempted to sell remaining tickets for as little as £4.95 on the night of the fight.

Initially, neither Mayweather nor Chalmers commented on the sparsely filled stadium, and even at the conclusion of the eight-round fight, Mayweather expressed his gratitude to his 'incredible' UK supporters.

"I would like to thank all the UK fans. The fans are unbelievable. The UK is becoming the Mecca of boxing," Floyd said.

"Unbelievable fighters. I'm glad that I came… If the fans want me to come back, I'm coming back."

However, during a press conference after the fight, Mayweather recognized the small turnout and attributed it to tickets being made available too late.

"We did this in one month - not even four weeks," he shared with the press.

"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."

"I don't point fingers. We work together as a team," he pointed out.

"When you buy tickets over here, you don't really want to spend money," he argued, adding: "In America, we don't mind spending money."

Since his retirement, the unbeaten Mayweather has engaged in several exhibition fights with personalities such as Logan Paul and Deji Olatunji, mainly taking place in the Middle East.

Following the sparse attendance at last night's event, it remains to be seen whether the American boxer will make the effort to return to the UK.