Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Where to find knockout parties and events in Vegas

It’s unanimous. There’s nothing like Vegas on a fight night. And the weekend containing the May 2 superfight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand is sure to deliver a one-two punch of exciting boxing action combined with champion-caliber daytime and nighttime partying.

Here’s the jab: There’s almost no chance you’ll get tickets to see Money and Pac-Man battle it out – unless you happen to have one whale of an uncle (and by that we mean a big money gambler not an orca).

Not to worry…just look to go the distance. Even if you can’t get seats at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, you can get in to see a special edition of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” along with some of the hottest hip-hop and EDM artists in the industry. Many of the pool clubs and nightclubs in Vegas are not only featuring their best pound-for-pound lineups on fight night, but also on the days leading into and after the clash. Who knows, you may end up sunning, drinking and dancing next to a megacelebrity (Jay Z and Biebs, we’re talking about you).

And if you’ve got a few free hours to spare, consider clinching a spot on the Vegas Fight Tour (read more about it here). This daily motorcoach excursion will take you to four MMA and boxing gyms in town – including the Mayweather Boxing Club (there’s no guarantee, but you may even catch sight of Money training there).

Plus, if you’re interested in getting official fight gear, stop by the MayPac pop-up store that is open now through May 2 in downtown on Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. Not only can you get logo T-shirts, baseball caps and event gloves, but you can also try out a cool fight simulation experience.

So fight fans, here it is…our list of top contenders for an unrivaled weekend of revelry in Vegas.


From left: Ishe Smith (photo courtesy of Mayweather Promotions) and Cecil McCalla (photo courtesy of GCP Boxing)

From left: Ishe Smith (photo courtesy of Mayweather Promotions) and Cecil McCalla (photo courtesy of GCP Boxing)

The Palms is rolling with the punches

Although tickets are impossible to get to the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, there’s another boxing showdown you can attend to satisfy your need for explosive fist action…and tickets to this are both plentiful and affordable (ranging from $19.50 to $104.50). On April 30, ESPN is hosting a special Thursday night edition of its “Friday Nights Fights” at the Palms. Presented by Mayweather Promotions, it’s being dubbed the “Sin City Showdown.” Headlining the night is a bout between Las Vegas native Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-7, 12 KOs) and Cecil McCalla (20-1, 7 KOs). Plus, there are two co-main events – pitting Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane (37-6-1, 11 KOs) against Mahonri Montes (29-4-1, 20 KOs) and Ronald “The Thrill” Gavril (11-1, 9 KOs) against Eddie Hunter (10-12-2, 3 KOs) – as well as additional undercard action.


From left: 2 Chainz, Stafford Brothers and Fabolous

From left: 2 Chainz, Stafford Brothers and Fabolous

The pool clubs are pumped up

If you’re looking for an action-packed afternoon, Foxtail Pool Club at SLS Las Vegas fits the bill. MAKJ will be tearing up the stage poolside on May 1, while the Stafford Brothers, an Aussie DJ duo, will team up with Grammy-nominated rapper 2 Chainz to pummel fans with funky beats and cool riffs on May 3.

Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has scored big in the celebrity ring. On May 2, none other than pop star Justin Bieber will host the raucous afternoon pool party. He’ll be followed by Atlanta-bred music and film star Ludacris on May 3.

Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan boasts an explosive DJ lineup during fight weekend that includes Eric D-Lux on May 1, Carnage on May 2 and Vice on May 3.

The season opener of Tao Beach at The Venetian on May 2 is sure to be as thrilling as the main event thanks to hip-hop recording artist Fabolous, who’s music from “Ghetto Fabolous” to “The Young OG Project” (and everything in between) is simply fabulous.


From left: Jeremih and Nicki Minaj

From left: Jeremih and Nicki Minaj

The nightclubs are delivering the hits

Searching for a superparty to complement the superfight? Head to Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop at Paris Las Vegas. Headlining their card is a list of artists that’s sure to impress. Pay-Per-View will even stream footage of the event live beginning at 10 p.m. This is when Nicki Minaj will perform some of her hits (“Super Bass,” “Truffle Butter” and “Pound the Alarm”) from the rooftop with the beats provided by DJ Funkmaster Flex. In Chateau’s main room, Jeremih and Sevyn Streeter will team up in the DJ booth to perform their latest hits including “Birthday Sex” and “Down on Me” as well as “It Won’t Stop” and “Call Me Crazy,” respectively. Jeremih will perform again at 2 a.m. to close out the night. And that’s not all… If you come to Chateau the day before the fight, you’ll see pop-rapper Nelly along with Lesean McCoy – and then return again on May 3 for a by Wale, who recently released “The Album About Nothing” (and it features his best buddy Jerry Seinfeld as the narrator).

Chris Brown

Chris Brown

Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell has a tag-team trio of talent that’s sure to rival all the other clubs in town. On May 1, 50 Cent will perform. Busy working on his sixth album, “Street King Immortal,” the Grammy and 13-time Billboard Music Award winner has had plenty of hits over the years that his fans will love hearing. On May 2, Chris Brown will not only kick off his official residency at the club, but he’ll also celebrate his 26th birthday and promote “X,” his recently released album. With more than two decades under his belt, Busta Rhymes will show off his incredible vocal power with songs like “Break Ya Neck,” “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” and “Gimme Some More” on May 3.

SLS Las Vegas is all about making May 2 a fight night to remember. After the bout, Gareth Emery will host a brawler of a good time at LiFE nightclub, or you can see rapper Lil Wayne in a special performance at Foxtail Pool Club After Dark. Go back to LiFE for more ferocious music on May 3, when Atlanta rapper Future and DJ Drama will be holding court.

Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is ready to plead the fist amendment with a commanding fight weekend lineup. Grammy-winning producer, DJ and singer Mark Ronson will appear on May 1. Special celebrity guest (and it doesn’t get any more special than this) Jay Z will be partying in the club on May 2. “LIV on Sunday” with Stevie J and Don P will get crowds riled up on May 3.

The Tropicana Las Vegas is throwing the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: The Fight of the Century Afterparty on May 2 in the Havana Room + Beach Club hosted by none other than Diddy.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dog

Tao Nightclub at The Venetian features an early fight weekend performance from Fabolous on April 30. On May 1, DJ Khaled will launch his residency called “We The Best: Vegas Edition.” But the big ticket, of course, is Snoop Dogg who’s bringing The Snoopadelic Cabaret to the club on May 2.

On May 2, Hyde Bellagio is holding their Fight Night After Party. Travis Barker will take the spotlight with a special drum and DJ set.

Open for fight weekend, Vanity Nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has a hook sure to lure fans in – the Hollywood hosting power of “Fast & Furious 7” co-stars Tyrese and Ludacris. They’ll appear at the club on May 1 and 2, respectively.

Swagger over to The Bank at Bellagio, where Jamie Foxx will appear on May 2. He recently performed his collaboration “You Changed Me” with Chris Brown on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” show. Taking over from him on May 3 are Rev Run and DJ Ruckus.

Here’s a great way to cool down after the match: Head to Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas on May 2, where Jermaine Dupri will be DJing in a club that opens up onto a lagoon with a 90-foot-waterfall.

Located at the site of the fight, Hakkasan at MGM Grand is the natural place for a blowout bash. Who knows, it’s also where the victor may come to celebrate. On May 1, you’ll find Krewella in the main room while superstar resident DJ Calvin Harris takes over on May 2 – 3 with Burns.


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