If anyone ever asks you where the home of boxing is, or perhaps where some of the biggest fights have occurred, more often than not there will be one reply, Las Vegas. The bright lights of Vegas, Nevada have long been synonymous with both casinos and boxing. The former – casinos – is true to the point where even themed sites from other countries, such as the best online casinos australia seek to recreate that classic vegas feel. The latter – boxing – brings to mind classic moments from some of the most memorable match ups in boxing history.
One Vegas brawl that I remember staying up to watch in a bleary-eyed state was the bout between Floyd Mayweather andRicky Hatton. A true fan favourite, Hatton was accompanied to the MGM by thousands of British fans looking to support him against a boxing great. Unfortunately for him, the world stage proved to be a level too far compared to being a local legend on the domestic level.
In 2017 Mayweather (undefeated to this day) was back in Vegas, this time taking part in what was seen as a gimmick of sorts by some; a fight against former UFC champion Conor McGregor. Though he may have taken the fight on account that he was fighting someone with little boxing experience, McGregor actually put on a good performance. The bout is the second highest ‘boxing gate’ gross fight in Nevada to this day, bringing in $55 million+. The highest gross being Floyd Mayweather (again!) vs Manny Pacquiao in 2015, grossing $72 million.
We need look no further than Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder in February 2020 for the last pre-pandemic Vegas masterlcass in boxing. Off the back of the first epic match-up between the two, Fury showed exactly how it’s done at the MGM. Vegas is on another level with venues doubling as casinos and sports venues, though of course there are options like best payout nz casinos for online players too. We can’t all be lucky enough to be in Vegas 24/7! In any case, let’s hope it’s not long until the next epic boxing classic. It’s about time we had more top level sport to look forward to!