Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016 | 2 a.m.
Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s future strip club will be housed just west of the Strip and is expected to open soon, said Shane Emerick, his attorney.
The eight-time, five-division boxing champion will operate Girl Collection at 2580 S. Highland Drive, near Sahara Avenue and Interstate 15. It’s the site of the former Sheri’s Cabaret and was recently purchased by Mayweather, Emerick said.
“Floyd has obtained licensing for Girl Collection and as far as when it opens and things like that, they haven’t been determined yet,” Emerick said. “But he has obtained a work card and licenses.”
Mayweather, who has the reputation of spending copious amounts of money at strip clubs, initially announced his intentions to open a club in July on Instagram.
“I am just months away from opening up my very own strip club in Las Vegas, Nevada called @GirlCollection,” Mayweather posted.
The 6,000-square-foot building was listed for sale at $2.9 million. Emerick said plans are for it to be a “high-end cabaret.”
Mayweather will be ditching the all-nude performances of Sheri’s Cabaret for a topless club that serves alcohol. Clubs offering all-nude performances in Southern Nevada aren’t allowed to serve alcohol — the lone exception is Palomino Club in North Las Vegas, which opened in the late-1960s before lawmakers banned alcohol from all-nude clubs.
Emerick said Mayweather acquired a tavern-limited license, which allows for the sale of alcoholic beverages, and a topless club license, as well as the normal business licenses required by Las Vegas.
The tavern license carries a $20,000 origination fee and an $800 semi-annual fee. It was issued on a temporary basis, pending a full suitability review, according to the city.
Emerick said the process of obtaining the licenses went smoothly and Mayweather’s previous legal troubles had no effect. Mayweather in 2002 was convicted of misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight with two women at a Las Vegas nightclub. In late 2011, he was sentenced to 90 days in county jail after pleading guilty to a reduced battery violence charge and no contest to two harassment charges in a 2010 incident.
“Everything about Floyd is part of the procedure and everything was disclosed. It’s all public record,” Emerick said. “It’s gone very smoothly. Floyd lives in Las Vegas. He’s part of the community and he has abided by every procedure and application process and submitted everything timely and successfully.”
According to Arnold Snyder of ToplessVegas.com, who first reported the location of Girl Collection, Mayweather’s new club will feature VIP rooms with personal TV monitors, as well as a luxurious private space upstairs.
While Mayweather is progressing in his post-fighting life, there have been rumors of a possible return, especially after he sat ringside for Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Jessie Vargas in November.
Mayweather is one win away from surpassing the record of Rocky Marciano — who also retired at 49-0 — but insists his boxing career is over. Mayweather retired after out-boxing Andre Berto to a unanimous decision victory on Sept. 12, 2015.
According to Forbes, the 39-year-old Mayweather earned upwards of $700 million during his 19-year career that included 27 world-title bouts. It says he’s worth an estimated $340 million to rank 34th on the magazine’s list of America’s Richest Entrepreneurs under 40.