Cinco de Mayo is usually a big deal for casinos, but everything seems to be overwhelmed this weekend by a certain fight.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather (47-0) and Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquaio (57-5-2) go head-to-head for the welterweight title May 2, and most casinos are taking advantage of the hype.
Major boxing and casinos go together hand in glove, and this historic fight, with its $400 million purse, is set to take place at the MGM in Vegas. Those who pay to see the closed-circuit broadcast are getting off a lot easier price-wise than those attending the actual bout – one ticket sold for $41,000 this week on StubHub. But boxing has always been pricey, and this one is no different.
Take, for instance, Thunder Valley where $49.95 lets you into its Illusions lounge where the fight will be shown on high-def TVs, but does not guarantee you a place to sit. However, guaranteed seating is available at the casino’s Pano Hall for $74.75. (thundervalleyresort.com)
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The Hard Rock Casino at Lake Tahoe has three price levels for the fight: $50 in advance, $60 Saturday and $99 premium. All three levels include a stadium buffet. (hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com)
Cache Creek is broadcasting the fight with no cover charge. (cachecreek.com)
Saturday is also Derby Day, of course, another time people get excited over a specialized sport. Thunder Valley is offering a two-fer with the derby and the fight at Illusions for $60. Horses in the oval in the morning, boxers in the ring in the evening. Who could ask for more?