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Taking a page out of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's playbook for the purpose of breathing some much-needed life into a dying sport, the inaugural Box Fan Expo will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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After Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeated Marcos Maidana on May 3, he planned to move on to another fighter and another city. That didn’t happen and the two boxers will duke it out again on September 13. Even though Mayweather won the first match by a majority decision, the fight wasn't quite a landslide. It was, however, intense as Maidana hit Mayweather with power he hadn’t seen in a while. The first Mayweather vs. Maidana bout was one of the most fun boxing matches in a while.
Tickets for the September 13 rematch at the MGM Grand Garden Arena go on sale at 10 a.m. this morning. Ticket prices aren’t cheap as the least expensive option is priced at $350. Other tickets are available at $600, $850, $1,200 and $1,600, plus any fees. There is a four-ticket limit on the $350 seats.
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When there's a big pay-per-view boxing match in town, none of the casinos will show the fight for free in their sportsbook. In fact, the only casinos where you’ll find the fights being shown are affiliated with the host casino. Since either MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay host most of the pay-per-view boxing matches (occasionally Wynn will host a fight that takes place at the Thomas & Mack Center), you’ll usually find the fight showing in an MGM Resorts property.
Here are the viewing parties on the Vegas Strip where you can watch this Saturday's Floyd Mayweather vs. Marcos Maidana fight:
Aria: Bristlecon Ballroom viewing party is $75 general admission. Food and beverage is extra.
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The first major Las Vegas title fight of the 2014 year will feature two familiar foes at an all too familiar venue.
In a rematch of their highly controversial 2012 bout at MGM Grand Garden Arena, welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley, Jr. (31-0-0-1, 12 KOs) and Filipino sensation Manny Pacquiao (55-5-2, 38 KOs) will square off once again at the MGM Grand on April 12, Dan Rafael of ESPN reported this past weekend.
The newest Las Vegas based , Los Vargas, is set to premiere on Sunday, January 26 at 9 p.m. on Telemundo sister station mun2. Los Vargas may resemble its host city in name to the naked eye, however, it translates not to "Las Vegas" but rather "The Vargas." As in the family of retired boxing champion Fernando Vargas.
The Hispanic reality show follows Vargas and his family -- his wife of 20 years, four children and father-in-law -- as they balance homelife with the champ's pursuit of opening his own gym and training the next world's greatest.
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Love him or hate him, there's no denying the fact that when pound-for-pound king of the ring Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. (44-0, 26 KOs) enters the MGM Grand Garden Arena this Saturday, September 14 to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) for their WBA/WBC junior middleweight unification bout, you'll have picked a side and will remain adamant in your position. Like the New York Yankees in baseball or the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in college football, there's no toeing the line when it comes to Mayweather. You've either chosen to embrace the greatest fighter of his generation or you've long since established a position that Mayweather's brash and cocky demeanor is not to your liking.
This is a critical concept to comprehend because the world's perception of Mayweather — both as a boxer and as a celebrity — will play an integral role in the Las Vegas betting lines for Saturday's fight. Over the last decade, Mayweather has evolved into not just the greatest athlete in boxing, but into one of the most controversial figures in all of sports. The 36 year old from Grand Rapids, Michigan realized long ago that the fight game is as much about promotion and persona as is it is about ring generalship. And, with that highly profitable fact in mind, Mayweather transformed himself into one of the greatest heels in American sports history.
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Boxing and Las Vegas have had a connection for years. Almost every big fight in boxing's recent history has taken place in Las Vegas. That tradition continues on September 14 when Floyd Mayweather takes on Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. This is the most anticipated boxing match in a few years and tickets sold out quickly. Unlike most sports, you can't just walk into a casino sportsbook and watch a fight (boxing or UFC) for free. Matches are only shown at a few select places. This changes depending on the fight and is always a question we get in the weeks leading up to the face-off:
"Where on the strip would Vegas Chatter recommend as a place to go to watch the big fight next month?" -- Eric S.
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The biggest fight the sport of boxing has to offer was officially made on Wednesday, May 29. Now all that's left is the waiting.
Pound-for-pound king of the ring and Las Vegas resident Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 14 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in the main event of a Showtime pay-per-view extravaganza. Mayweather tweeted the news last week, telling his followers, “I chose my opponent for September 14th and it’s Canelo Alvarez. I’m giving the fans what they want.”
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They fight in a second-floor ballroom at the Treasure Island, a hotel-casino that spends working hours housing a percentage of the business conventions which descend upon Las Vegas each year. It's an intimate setting for an intimate sport. An opulent, gold-colored chandelier hangs from the ceiling in the center of the room, directly above the ring in which the combatants, shirtless and chiseled, will engage in the art known to many as the sweet science. The air is heavy with both anticipation and excitement.
It's a fight night in Las Vegas.
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The first weekend in May has been one of the great weekends in Las Vegas for years. The Vegas Strip is always a little more electric when there's a big fight (MMA or boxing), but when you combine that with the Kentucky Derby and Cinco De Mayo, you have a recipe for awesome.
This year's big fight is between Floyd Mayweather and Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4. The fight isn't sold out just yet, but you won't find any tickets available under $600 on Ticketmaster.
This past weekend was one of the biggest boxing matches of the year as Manny Pacquiao took on Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time. The action was great for six rounds and then Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out cold. It was brutal and scary as Pacquiao laid motionless, face down, on the ground. After a few minutes, one of the most popular boxers in the world, Pacquiao, came back to this world but it begs to question whether or not he'll fight again in the future.
Earlier in the day on Saturday, Floyd Mayweather announced that he plans to fight twice next year. The first fight would take place on May 4 with the second coming September 14. Both fights are tentatively planned to be held at the MGM Garden Arena where Mayweather has had most of his fights.
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Boxing and Las Vegas have long gone together and just because it
is the lamer older bro to MMA doesn't seem to be knockin' fans out with those American thighs poolside at Cosmopolitan any longer doesn't mean this writer's given up on finding the perfect venue to break his virgin fight cherry.
The Wynn wasn't one spot we expected to have the opportunity to consider. Fancy water shows, yes. Country, check. But, the most stitches we ever expected to see on display at Wynn/Encore walked the NHL red carpet earlier this year. So, real live boxing at the Wynn versus on the TV sounds like news to us, even if high school field hockey ranks higher on our list of favorite spectator sports.