Floyd Mayweather, the boxer who has become synonymous for ostentatious displays of wealth over the years, will ‘hold a meet-and-greet with fans at a budget £38-a-night-hotel’ in Blackpool in March.
The retired fighter – nicknamed ‘Money’ in a nod to how many millions he has earned over his career – is swapping the brights lights of Las Vegas for Blackpool later this year on his Legendary Icon Tour.
The Sun report that Mayweather has chosen to stage the March 1st event at the low-budget three-star Grand Hotel, owned by Britannia – which has consistently been voted the UK’s worst hotel chain.
The legendary boxer, who it is estimated is worth between $700m-$1billion, will charge fans £150 for a photo at the nofrills hotel when he rocks up in two months’ time.
For those attending with deeper pockets, VIP Platinum tables are available but will set back guests an eye-watering £2,500 while a VIP Gold table for 12 costs £1,800, according to The Sun.
Mayweather is often associated with luxurious cars and hotels and flapping wads of cash, so this news has unsurprisingly come as a shock to most.
One person wrote on Twitter: ‘Who told Floyd Blackpool is similar to Vegas?’
Another added: ‘I can’t for the life of me believe that Floyd Mayweather is going to Blackpool, seriously?’
While one Twitter user wrote: ‘I see you are coming to Blackpool, you do realise they say it’s the Vegas of the north… can’t wait until you realise it’s not.’
The 42-year-old will also be stopping off in Derby, Essex, London, Cardiff, Glasgow, Sheffield and Newcastle on his tour.