Mayweather vs Pacquiao – Will You Be in Las Vegas When History Goes Down?

If you are thinking about flying into Vegas for the Mayweather versus Pacquiao fight, stop thinking and start moving. Since the announcement for the May 2nd fight were announced, room prices have started to soar and some hotels are already sold out. It’s not helping that NKOTB are playing at the Mandalay Bay on the 1st, or that there are a bunch of conventions scheduled that weekend too.

So what’s a Mayweather fan to do?

Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao are set to fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 2nd. Good for you if you can score tickets – the cheap ones are rumored to be starting at a grand. But if you can’t, or can’t justify spending that much to see the fight, both HBO and Showtime will be broadcasting it live on their pay-per-view services. But be warned, if you are considering a boxing match party at home, they are charging customers $100 for this one event.

May as well just come to Vegas and spend that watching the fight with thousands of your closest friends.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. First we need to find a room to sleep in. Forget the strip, it’s booked, or way out of your budget. Even Circus Circus has gone up to $200 a night that weekend, and I’d be willing to bet that they are already sold out.

Stay close to Fremont St. There are a bunch of nice hotels downtown that will still be less than $200 for a night. Check out the Golden Nugget, Palms, Rio or the Orleans. You won’t catch a glimpse of any celebrities in the lobby, but you also won’t need your mortgage payment to pay for it.

Where to Watch the Fight

Since we have already determined that four figures is not in the budget for a boxing match, you are going to need to find a viewing party. Since the MGM is hosting the fight, it will have the right to broadcast it, which it will do, on closed circuit TV. Luckily, the MGM Grand has a few partners, so look for these viewing parties at the Mirage, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, Aria and of course the MGM Grand. Tickets for these will go on sale at around a hundred bucks, once the tickets for the arena have been sold out.

If you can score tickets to a viewing party, you’re in luck. Many of these will have food and drink and sports revelry like you have never seen before. This boxing match is expected to make Super Bowl Sunday in Vegas seem like Christmas.

Other sports bars on and around the strip have not yet started making announcements whether they will be able to show the match or not. But rest assured as soon as they do, Vegaster will let you know.

This is one of those once in a lifetime events that you want to be a part of, even if from the sidelines. The electricity a fight like this will generate up and down the strip will be high enough to keep the neon going for a decade. Book your flight, reserve your room, and make sure that you are there when sporting history happens.