Mayweather and Las Vegas the big winners on Fight Night
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Tens of thousands of fight fans lined up, limos carried celebrities and VIPs, and journalists from all over the world took over the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday night.
The Mayweather vs. Canelo fight has officially secured Sin City's place as the fight capitol of the world.
Yahoo sports writer Kevin Iole said, "Just look around. Hotels are filled, restaurants are swamped, taxis are full. It proves Vegas is a big event city."
Many said they haven't seen buzz around an event like this since Tyson vs. Holyfield over 15 years ago.
Boxing legend Bernard Hopkins said the line outside went around the corner of the building, "Not since fighting with Tyson have I seen this type of atmosphere."
Before they even got to see the fight, 16,000 fans had to fight through the crowd before getting into the arena. Many people said they paid way too much for tickets.
The worst seat in the house went for $1,500, according to ticket brokers like Teddy Damon, "It's great for the city. People come from around the world."
Some celebrities couldn't even get freebies. But that didn't stop stars like Jon Voight, Don Cheadle and William H. Macy from attending the Showtime pre-party. This was Macy's first fight, "This isn't just hoopla, this is a big deal."
Box office take was $19 million, Pay-per-view was potentially $150 million and financial analysts predict over $100 million in revenue for the City of Las Vegas.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat Canelo Alvarez in a majority vote, improving his record to 45 and 0. It was a $41.5 million payday for Mayweather.
Mayweather was favored 117-111 and 116-112 on two ringside scorecards while a third had the fight 114-114.