Mayweather announced his opponent for May Day nearly two weeks ago, but no venue was set because the Barclays Center in Brooklyn was making a strong push to host the fight. However, on March 5, 2014, Mayweather made it clear that he intends to keep his home field advantage by fighting in what has become the Mecca of big fights, Las Vegas, NV. Mayweather has called Las Vegas home since turning pro in 1996.
There have been rumors over the last eleven days, which Mayweather himself had helped to fuel, that the fight between him and Maidana could be his first outside of Las Vegas since November 2005.
Per Dan Rafael, Golden Boy Promotions executive Richard Schaefer, Mayweather's promotional partner, told ESPN "Floyd has a very close relationship with Las Vegas and I do as well."
In January 2012, a Las Vegas judge delayed Mayweather's jail sentence, in a domestic violence case, so that he could fight Miguel Cotto in a mega-fight in May of that same year because of the economic impact his fights have on the city.
In a subsequent tweet, Mayweather plugged several MGM Resorts International properties on the Las Vegas strip fans could stay at during the event on the weekend of Cinco de Mayo.