The hotly-anticipated face-off between boxing’s undefeated champion (49-0) Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather and the reigning UFC champion and MMA star Conor McGregor is being called the Fight of the Century or the Money Fight (each contender stands to collect sums to the tune of Dh200 million).
The boxing match will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26, which means you can catch it in the UAE in the early hours of August 27.
These venues across the UAE are recreating the excitement with live screenings and knockout deals on breakfast.
1. Burger and Lobster
The surf-and-turf restaurant is getting into the spirit of the fight with a set breakfast menu full of puns that will entertain you if the match showing on the restaurant’s screens turns out to be a dud – tuck into Mayweathered Eggs Benedict or the Full McGregor Breakfast (English-style fry up with all the trimmings), both accompanied by a slice of brioche toast with jam and butter. Dh110; from 4am. Call 04 514 8838.
2. Claw BBQ
As the claws come out in the ring, head to Claw BBQ in Souk Al Bahar for its breakfast menu featuring a fried egg combo, breakfast burrito, biscuit and gravy, huevos rancheros and chicken and waffle served with maple butter and sugar snow and lots more. From Dh14; doors open at 6am. Call 04 4322300.
Stomach the furious fight with a stomach full of McGettigan’s signature breakfast that will go for a reduced Dh79 at the JLT and Abu Dhabi branches – we’re talking eggs, sausages, overnight tomato, baked beans and mushroom and hash browns – the whole nine yards. At McGettigan’s Dubai World Trade Centre, breakfast will start from Dh60. From 6am at all branches.
4. Bridgewater Tavern, JW Marriott Marquis
This Shaikh Zayed Road eatery takes the saying ‘breakfast like a king’ seriously – the unlimited breakfast costs a kingly Dh200 but that means when the fight enters unpredictable nail-biting moments, you can chow down on items from expansive menu and keep those manicures intact. From 7am; call 04 414 3000.
5. QD’s 2.0, Emirates Golf Club
If you’re wise, rise early and claim the best seats in the air-conditioned summer tent that will open at 5.30am to relay the Money Fight live from Vegas on 16 HD TVs. The punch brunch includes an English breakfast buffet with the works that will fuel the excitement. Dh110 including tea, coffee and juices.
6. Lock, Stock and Barrel, Grand Millennium Hotel
What happens in Vegas will be recreated in Dubai as this Barsha bar pulls all the stops out complete with ring girls, a full Vegas sound and light show and smoke machines to accompany the live relay of the face-off on their big screen. You’ll forget it’s 6 in the morning. Dh125 entrance fee including Vegas-style breakfast with unlimited soft drinks, tea and coffee. Call 04 514 9195.
7. The Irish Village
If you’re on Irishman McGregor’s team, cheer him on at this longstanding Irish pub in Garhoud, which will recreate the Emerald Isle’s vibe once it opens at 6am. The Village Fry will be dished out for a reduced Dh65 that morning. Call 04 282 4750.