The long-anticipated and sold out boxing match promoted as “The Battle of East and West,” pitting Filipino Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs) against Brit Ricky Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs) will start at approximately 8 p.m. (PT) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
With the betting line Pacquiao minus 270, over/under 9 ½ rounds and tickets priced at $150 to $1,000, the slugfest royale will undoubtedly be one for the record books. Hatton’s IBO and The Ring magazine junior welterweight championships will be at stake. Some contend Hatton is one the best British fighters ever, comparing him to Ted “Kid” Lewis, who won nine titles in multiple weight divisions after turning pro. For Pacquiao, at stake is the claim to be boxing’s pound-for-pound title, having already won three major fights in three weight divisions last year.
Closed-circuit viewing for $50 is available at Mandalay Bay, Mirage, TI, Monte Carlo, Circus Circus, Luxor, and New York-New York. HBO is offering on Pay-Per-View for $49.95.
Forty years ago the Woodstock music festival featured tie-dyed bedecked hippies that espoused peace, love, happiness, fused with lots of freebies - speech, sex and pot - and a plethora of equally mind-blowing music. Now Las Vegas plans to vicariously relive those groovy days and, hopefully, provide a much needed boost to Las Vegas’ sagging economy as well, reeling in more visitors that spend more money on food, entertainment and gambling.
That’s the hope.
And the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas (three miles north of the end of the Las Vegas Strip) is banking on it, spending about $1.7 million on the promotional campaign between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends- $500,000 more than it normally would during the season.
They’ll be paying tribute to 1969 all summer long with free rock concerts and seasonal themes that feature the likes of yesterday’s music heavy hitters Blood, Sweat and Tears; Three Dog Night; the 5th Dimension; Rare Earth; the Grass Roots and Canned Heat.
John Van Hamersveld – artist known for his artwork for “The Endless Summer” in 1966 and for making the cover of the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” album in 1967 – will be painting two buses, one to be used as a stage.
Special videos shows are being planned for a giant screen hanging over the street that include rolling credits memorial for the 58,000 Americans killed or missing in action from the Vietnam War.
Each of the 10 casinos on the Fremont Street Experience are also making plans to tie to the 1969 theme.
Tonight fur of the fluffy white kind is going to fly in Las Vegas: Playboy is announcing their Playmate of the Year at Simon Restaurant at Palms Place. The guy with the most Viagra in the world, Hugh Hefner, will be there, along with his Playmates from the past 55 years- a total of 68 beauties.
Leading Las Vegas Backstage Access to question if Hef can clearly remember what happened that far back? Is a bunny tail by any other name, still a bunny?
The host of the sensual foray is Brande Roderick (pictured) of “Celebrity Apprentice” and 2001’s Playmate of the Year at the invitation-only event.
It’s quite an honor for the City of Excess, as it marks the first time the event has been held outside the Playboy Mansion.