Tech billionaire Elon Musk wants his cage battle against Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to be set against a historical backdrop in Italy. He spoke to Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and Culture Minister Gennaro Sangiuliano, who promised an “epic venue” for the fight. Musk wrote on Friday on his X (formerly Twitter) platform.
Then Sangioliano spoke more cautiously. He and Musk had a “long, friendly conversation”. “We are thinking about how to organize a major charity event and a landmark event.” “It will not happen in Rome,” he explained.
A large donation of several million euros is also planned to two important Italian children’s hospitals. There was initially no reaction to Musk’s announcement from Meloni’s official residence in Rome on Friday.
Musk wrote that only ancient structures from Roman times should be visible in a combat photo. He had sometimes brought up the Roman Colosseum as a place of battle. However, this has been denied in recent weeks.
The possibility of a fight first surfaced in June. Musk challenged Zuckerberg, who agreed. After the initial publicity, a radio silence followed, leaving many skeptical that tech billionaires would ever gather in the ring. Recently, Musk has repeatedly emphasized that he wants to fight.
He now wrote that the fight should be broadcast live on X and Facebook’s Meta group services.
Musk also noted that it might be a while before he meets tech billionaires. He needs surgery because his right shoulder blade is rubbing against his ribs. “It will only take a few months to recover,” he wrote on Friday at X.
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