Although, a squabble over drug testing has apparently put the bout in "jeopardy," according to Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s representatives, the boxer's promoter has petitioned the state of Nevada for a permit to stage the megafight against Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, a state official told The Times Tuesday.
"They've made a date request for MGM for the fight, for both March 13 and May 1," Nevada State Athletic Commission executive officer Keith Kizer said.
A source close to the negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly told The Times on Tuesday "MGM ... that's where it is going to be."
The bout has been verbally negotiated to take place March 13, although the May 1 option was earlier considered.
Kizer said the Nevada commission will consider the date request by Golden Boy Promotions at its meeting in January.
A host of other sites, including Staples Center ($20-million guarantee) and Jerry Jones' Dallas Cowboys Stadium ($25 million), offered to stage the bout.
But the MGM Grand offers a possible $28-million live gate, according to fight sources, and another $4 million in closed-circuit sales.