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It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Well, maybe not, but it’s big news, nonetheless. It’s news we’ve been expecting confirmation of for months so it’s not exactly a surprise, but Floyd Mayweather will, indeed, fight Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena May 2. We’ve been noticing the room rates for the surrounding dates were skyrocketing (more so than just for Cinco de Mayo weekend) and this was pretty much a forgone conclusion though sports writers joked it wasn’t official until Floyd “Money” Mayweather announced it.
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If UFC and boxing are out of your price range, there’s always (fake) pro wrestling! It’s definitely not the same, but it’s hard to deny that it’s entertaining. The chairs. The tables. The over-the-top theatrics. What is usually reserved for expensive pay-per-views like Royal Rumble can now be seen at Sam’s Town.
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Boxing has its ups and downs, but it still has its fans as we can see every time there’s a big fight in town. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has its fans, too, and now there’s a new form trying to capture the attention of both sets of fans. It's called Big Knockout Boxing.
Even though Big Knockout Boxing is positioned to grab the attention of MMA fans it is still boxing. Rounds last only two minutes, with five rounds for non-championship bouts and seven for championship match-ups. You won't find a traditional boxing ring here. Instead a round, rope-less fighting space is dubbed “The Pit." Just 17 feet in diameter, the space is much smaller than traditional rings. The smaller space is meant to force fighters into confrontation.
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.