Floyd Mayweather Jr. , on left, is undefeated, a six-time world champion and perhaps the biggest draw in boxing.
Shane Mosley is a great champion who’s past his prime and probably couldn’t carry a pay-per-view card by himself.
However, it’s Mayweather who has the most to prove from Saturday night’s welterweight bout in Las Vegas (HBO Pay-Per-View). He’s arguably the most-skilled boxer in the world.
Instead of that distinction drawing him praise, Mayweather is reviled for his defense-first style, as well as his big mouth.
He prides himself on being the greatest ever (in large part to his 40-0 record) and at the same time he’s in a slugfest to be considered the best boxer today.
Manny Pacquiao ostensibly holds that crown as much for his recent accomplishments as his penchant to be a warrior in the ring. Courage is what separates Mayweather and Pacquiao in many people’s perceptions — with Pacquiao being a gusty fighter while Mayweather hits and runs.
Only time will tell who will emerge victorious.
The 36th annual UNLVino wine tasting extravaganza in Las Vegas is back, starting on April 8, for an incredible three days of non-stop Champagne, sake and wine tasting action, and also to drum up some much appreciated funds for UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration’s Food and Beverage Management Department.
To kick it off, UNLVino presents Bubble-Licious, a celebration of all things sparkling at Caesars’ brand new Garden of the Gods pool complex.
Here are the three locations and times:
Bubble-Licious: Thurs., April 8, The Garden of the Gods, Caesars Palace, 7-10 p.m.
Sake Fever: Friday, April 9, Palms Pool & Bungalows, The Palms, 7-10 p.m.
UNLVino Grand Tasting: Saturday, April 10, Bally’s Ballroom, 2-6 p.m.
Tickets are available here.
The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) announced a new partnership with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The partnership will bring two marquis events to Hard Rock’s brand-new venue, “The Joint,” a 4,000 seat entertainment facility which held its Grand Opening in April 2009. Hard Rock Hotel will also be the official host of PBR’s pre-event VIP Parties during the second weekend of the PBR World Finals.
As part of the new partnership, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will play host to PBR’s Next Round Drafts on Friday, October 30, and Thursday, November 5, where the top 40 bull riders will select which bull they will take on during the next round of competition. The hotel will also host two Official PBR After-Parties which will immediately follow the drafts. Both the drafts and After-Parties will be held at the “The Joint,” where legendary musical acts such as Santana, Paul McCartney, Kenny Chesney, and others have played.
PBR and Hard Rock will work together to prepare hotel package promotions for World Finals attendees. Premium “access” items such as special lines or seating areas at After-Parties, drink specials, Meet & Greets, autographed merchandise, and other benefits are being planned for those that choose to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel during their World Finals experience.
The Hard Rock Hotel will also be the official host of VIP Pre-Parties during the second weekend of the World Finals. PBR’s VIP guests will be treated to entertainment and hospitality prior to each night’s performance and then shuttled to and from the hotel. The Hard Rock Hotel is located close to Thomas & Mack arena providing VIP guests with easy access to and from the venue.
The 2009 Built Ford Tough World Finals will showcase the bull riding athletes on in Las Vegas as they vie for more than $3 million in prize money. For the sixth time in its 16-year history, the PBR World Finals will span two consecutive weekends, Oct. 30-Nov 1 and Nov. 5-8. This marquee event represents the crown jewel of bull riding and culminates the 31-city 2009 BFTS tour.
“The publicity stunt, which saw around 300 bikini-clad women parade down The Strip, will do little to improve the city’s reputation for a lack of political correctness (women were asked to send in a photo along with their hip, waist and bust measurements, before participations could be approved) but plenty to publicise the city’s famous pool party scene.”
Charles Starmer-Smith, writing in the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom about last week’s bikini parade in Las Vegas.
“The mayor of America’s entertainment city also joined in the festivities, although he remained fully clothed at all times. He opened the event by issuing an official proclamation declaring its summer in Vegas, one month ahead of the rest of the northern hemisphere.”
Sarah Gordon, writing in the Daily Mail of the United Kingdom about the same event.
Las Vegas Backstage Access wrote on the event on May 15.
In Las Vegas almost anything happens- and usually does. Tonight is no exception. The Palazzo’s Lavo nightclub is hosting a “I Kissed a Girl II, the bondage edition.” The winner gets a whopping $5,000 and, of course, lots of kisses.
Trash that McDonalds’ burger and head out today for some unsurpassed carbo loading, feast on healthy Italian sauces, and, at no extra up charge, experience an enlightened cultural Italian infusion to your life.
The San Gennaro Feast will celebrate 30 years of Italian food, music, and hospitality in the Las Vegas Valley on May 6 through 10. The biannual feed and cultural event has more than 200 vendors and draws thousands of people.
The feast is always packed, coming a long way from its fledging start in the parking lot of the Italian-American Supper Club with just a handful of vendors and people.
The event’s namesake – the feast – will be provided by 80 food vendors, not just Las Vegas restaurants but some as distant as Boston and New York.
The business brains behind the event are partners Hank Squartino and Vincent “Jimmy” Palmisano. The business was started by Squarino and Palmisano’s great uncle to celebrate Italian food and culture. They now fly in from Florida to Las Vegas eight weeks before each San Gennaro Feast to prepare for what they refer to as a massive block party. Even so, planning for the event is a nearly a year-round job. They sample all the cuisine before it is booked and prepared for the feast. Only the best, most authentic Italian cuisine is accepted through the gates.
The five-day San Gennaro Feastwill kick off with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. Hours are from 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; from 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center, near Flamingo road and the Las Vegas Beltway in Spring Valley. General admission is $7; seniors are $6 and children less than 54 inches tall (with no spaghetti in belly) get in free. For information, please visit www.SangennaroFeast.org
Dust off your Halloween costumes and empty your trick-or-treat bags – Blush Boutique Nightclub in the Wynn Las Vegas is hosting it’s first “Halfway to Halloween” party on April 28.
A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the lady dressed in the hottest costume. Las Vegas ladies and all service industry professionals will be able to get in free and the doors open at 9 p.m.
But be sure to dress in your wildest attire because costumes are mandatory.
It all started in 1951 with one goal: to simply move hot rod drivers and their sleek gas and nitro-burning beasts off the streets and onto the dragstrip. The National Hotrod Association (NHRA) was born in Glendora California and after more than 50 years, it continues to be one of the most popular racing programs in the country and is a regular visitor to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The NHRA brings the 10th Annual Summit Racing series to the Bullring in Las Vegas April 2 -April 5, 2009. Qualifying rounds begin on Thursday, April 2 in the Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock categories but there will be more for fans and followers than just a chance to watch the action on the track.
Three five-man NHRA teams will compete Thursday, April 2 at the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships at Cashman Center in Las Vegas. The three teams are special guests of the USBC. The NHRA Floppers, NHRA Eliminators and the NHRA Holeshots will represent the best of the NHRA bowlers in one of the oldest competitive events in the United States.
Also, on Thursday, April 2, from 6-8pm there will be a free NHRA driver autograph session in the Key West Room at The Palms Resort and Casino. Currently scheduled to be at the event are Top Fuel point leaders Anton Brown, Funny Car points leader Ron Capps, Pro-Stock 3rd place point driver Jeg Coughlin Jr. and many more. Fans are invited to come get autographs and take pictures with their favorite drivers.
The NHRA will be back in Las Vegas October 29 through November 1, 2009 for the Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, also scheduled for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.