Lake Tahoe casinos to show Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight
April 29, 2015
Billed as the "Fight of the Century," the long-awaited boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is set to take place Saturday night.
The fight is available for $89.95 on pay-per-view. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., with the main event expected to begin around 8 p.m.
Several Lake Tahoe casinos will also show the fight, with tickets in high demand.
At the North Shore, Crystal Bay Casino will show the fight on a big screen in its Crown Room. The event is $50 to attend, with doors opening at 5 p.m.
At the South Shore, both Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe and Harrah's Lake Tahoe will show the fight, although getting into the showings may be a challenge.
Tickets to the showing of the fight at Hard Rock were listed as sold out Wednesday morning. Tickets to the Harrah's Lake Tahoe viewing of the fight were also unavailable via Ticketmaster Wednesday morning. Ticket reseller StubHub had a few tickets for the Harrah's showing available Wednesday morning, with prices starting at $177.75.
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Mayweather (47-0, 26 KOs) and Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) are competing to unify the welterweight world championship at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Mayweather began is professional boxing career following the 1996 Olympics and has beat Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto, among others, during his undefeated professional career. He is often cited as being the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.
Pacquiao is the world's only eight-division champion and has won 10 world titles during his career.
"Pacquiao began boxing as a light flyweight in 1995. Although he was under the weight limit by seven pounds, he placed weights in his shoes in order to qualify for the division, and won his first bout in January of that year," according to a statement from fight promoters. "He then worked his way up through the divisions, participating in fights against Márquez, Morales, De La Hoya, Mosley, and Cotto, among others.
Mayweather is a heavy favorite to win the fight, according to Las Vegas bookmakers.