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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.
Boxing / Aria / Mandalay Bay / The Mirage / Monte Carlo / New York-New York / MGM Grand / Grand Garden Arena / Planet Hollywood / Blondies / → All Tags
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.
VegasChatter Questions / Boxing / Sportsbooks / MGM Grand / Lagasse's Stadium / Palazzo / → All Tags
Time for another VegasChatter Question! This time, it's from a VC member looking for the best place to watch the big fight this May. Do you have a question about Vegas? Send it to us and if we deem it clean enough, we'll post it here on VegasChatter!
Fight night in Vegas can be hectic. So it's best to start thinking about where to watch the May 5 battle between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto now. Just like VegasChatter fan Andrew B. who emailed us a few days ago:
Where can we watch Mayweather/Cotto in while in Vegas in May (closed circuit) or any other big fight held in Vegas? Do these other venues sell beer during fight and do they allow you to come in and out during the fight? Is seating reserved? What is the average ticket price?
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First, he tipped sports book noobz off on how not to look like it was their first time in Vegas. Now, VegasChatter's newest contributor, Seth Gruen, wants us to know that we don't have to hibernate in our man (or woman) caves just because the Big Game is history.
The Super Bowl may be over, but don’t expect sportsbooks to turn into ghost towns. To the contrary, the Big Game kicked off “busy season” for handicappers with a slew of upcoming events that draw gamblers to Vegas sportsbooks.
NCAA Tournament (March 11-April 1): College basketball’s March Madness is associated with gambling like the Super Bowl is with food. The tournament field of 68 is set for March 11, giving you two days to fill out your brackets and lock in bets for first round games. Itching to bet on college games before then? The week leading up to March 11 features conference tournament games with conference championships going into the afternoon of the 11th.
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The Kentucky Derby is known as "The Fastest Three Minutes In Sports" and unless you're at the derby dressed all fancy in a suite or big hat the best place to be is Vegas.
We're not much into horse racing for much of the year, but race day for the Kentucky Derby in Las Vegas is phenomenal - especially since it's not the only event in town. Kentucky Derby day is also the same day for the biggest boxing matches every year. This year that fight will be Sugar Shane Mosely vs. Manny Pacquiao, which takes place at MGM Grand Arena.
In the early morning and afternoon, pacific time, we can stop off at a bar or sportsbook to watch all or some of the Kentucky Derby races. Yes, there's more than just one race, it's an entire day of racing. Races will start at about 9am with the main race taking place around 3pm. It's a long day, but one we enjoy especially if the racing is served with a mint julep or three.
Our like affair with boxing has been mixed. We date, we break up, we mess around, we break up. We're currently seeing each other. There's nothing spectacular here. We have our favorite big name fighters (Manny, Miguel) and our favorite almost big names (JaunMa, Yuriorkis), but we really like to find the boxers while they're younger and watch them grow into stars. This really isn't different than watching a band become stars. We always remember the good ole days.
“Fight Night at The Cosmopolitan” will give us a chance to find those young boxers as they bring youthful boxing back to The Strip. We just hope this series at Cosmo lasts longer than boxing at the Tropicana, which was just one show.
TheFriday Night Fights Series will take place inside The Chelsea starting March 25. The premiere fight will feature several members of the next generation of undefeated Cuban boxing stars including light middleweight Erislandy Lara (15-0, 10 KO’s) in the main event, supported by light middleweight Yudel Jhonson (9-0, 6 KO’s), cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos (10-0, 10 KO’s), super featherweight Rances Barthelemy (10-0, 8 KO’s), and light heavyweight Vilier Quinones (2-0, 2 KO’s) in separate bouts.
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One of our faithful Twitterati recently asked for suggestions where to watch the Manny Pacquiao versus Antonio Margarito Fight while in Vegas this Saturday.
When: Doors open at 4pm
Food, beverages, and even betting will be available while watching the fight on the Strip’s largest HD screen. Call 702-770-9966 for tickets or more info.