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Private jets for Mayweather fight clog Las Vegas airport

TODAY'S fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather might not be a sell-out but that doesn't mean there won't be some serious star power on hand ringside.

An amazingly similar snap of Las Vegas Airport to one which went viral when Mayweather fought Manny Pacquiao two years ago shows just how many celebrities are in town.

There's so many private jets trying to land at McCarron Airport flights are now being diverted to another strip in north Las Vegas, per reporter Liz Habib.

Airport officials were bracing for an onslaught of air traffic ahead of what's been billed as the biggest fight in history.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, nearly 1000 private jets overloaded the airport on the day of the Pacquiao flight, forcing officials to convert a taxiway into a makeshift parking lot and to divert another 362 planes to two other local airports.

"We're trying to be better prepared and improve the guest experience," airport spokeswoman Christine Crews told the Review-Journal. "While this action appears to be favouring our wealthiest customers, this is really to the benefit of everyone using the airport."

In keeping with the up-market clientele expected to attend today's bout, the arena was still basically empty two hours after the first fights began.

Around 1700 tickets were reportedly still available for a fight being held inside the 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena.

Despite the lack of a sell-out, T-Mobile Arena general manager Dan Quinn believed the fight could still break the $72 million gate record set by the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in 2015.

UFC president Dana White said the gate was around $70 million on the eve of the fight, so it's close.

"It certainly has a chance," Quinn told MMAFighting.com. "If Dana said we're right at $70 million, we're right on the cusp of it. So if we're able to generate any kind of walk up - certainly there's a ton of buzz in the city, we saw that (Friday) in the area for the weigh-in - if we're that close, I would think that we would do enough walkup business to potentially eclipse that number."

News Corp Australia


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