Sin City readies for knockout weekend

Fri May 1, 2015 4:34pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Sin City was gearing up for a knockout weekend as A-listers and high-rollers flooded into the gambling resort on Friday for what has been labeled the 'Fight of the Century'.

Only the fabulously rich and very famous hold golden tickets to the heavily secured 16,800 seat MGM Grand Garden Arena for Saturday night's showdown between undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao that is expected to be the biggest-grossing fight of all-time.

The place to be seen this weekend, celebrities, business tycoons and entertainment moguls have been calling in favors in an effort to score one of the coveted ringside seats that are demanding up to $350,000 on resale site StubHub.

Fewer than 1,000 tickets were offered to the public, and those vanished in seconds. The remainder were divided among the two fighters' promotion companies and MGM, which will make seats available to their best customers.

If you don't have at least a $250,000 line of credit, do not even ask.

Fight promoters are preparing for an Oscars' worthy red carpet with a who's who of Hollywood, including Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck sitting ringside, according to a list obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

World number one golfer Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Jordan Spieth, who are playing in the elite WGC-Cadillac Match Play in San Francisco, will both be seated on the flooring, flying to Las Vegas in a private jet Saturday after wrapping up their round.

"Where did I get my ticket? I don't know. I do know, but I'm not sure I want to say," McIlroy told reporters. "Definitely don't want to tell you how much I paid for it."   Continued...

Undefeated WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2nd L) of the U.S. and WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (2nd R) of the Philippines pose with trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr. (L) and Freddie Roach during a final news conference at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada April 29, 2015. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus