Fights in Las Vegas
Hands down Las Vegas, the country's primary boxing venue is the best place to see a fight. From its glitzy hotels to the bright lights and neon signs of The Strip to the buzz inside the casinos and the excitement in the air in the arenas. It's electrifying.
Since the 1980s Las Vegas has been known as the "Boxing Capital of the World". Some of the best fights in boxing history have taken place in Las Vegas. Hagler vs Hearns, Leonard vs Hearns, Bowe vs Holyfield I, Tyson vs Berbick, Trinidad vs Vargas, Corrales vs Castillo I, Barrera vs Morales III just to name a few.
Being at a big fight in it of itself is an awesome experience. You really can't compare it to watching a fight on TV. Being at a big fight in Las Vegas is an incredible experience that you can't compare to seeing a fight anywhere else. Cliche as it may sound there is nothing like seeing a fight live in Vegas.
|Mayweather vs Maidana II|| MGM Grand,
Las Vegas, NV
|September 13, 2014
Saturday 3:00 PM
|View Mayweather vs Maidana II Tickets|
Note: Upcoming fights listed on the 2014 Las Vegas boxing schedule include tentatively scheduled fights so schedule is subject to change.
Las Vegas Boxing Venues
Las Vegas Strip Map
Las Vegas Boxing History
The visionary government of Nevada cleared the way for a fight between James Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons to take place on March 17, 1897 when Governor Reinhold Sadler signed the prizefighting act into law on January 29, 1897. At the time prize fights were illegal in all other states.
In 1941 the Nevada legislature established The Nevada Athletic Commission also know as the Nevada State Athletic Commission(NSAC) which regulates professional unarmed combat (boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts) in Nevada.
On May 27, 1960 Las Vegas hosted its first championship boxing match. It was a 15-round welterweight fight between Benny Paret and Don Jordan which took place at the Convention Center. Paret beat Jordan by unanimous decision and captured his World welterweight title.
On June 11, 1982 Las Vegas made boxing history breaking all attendance records for a sporting event in North American. The Larry Holmes vs Gerry Cooney fight at Caesars Palace drew a crowd of 29,214 people.
Las Vegas has also produced Nevada's richest boxing gates. On May 5, 2007 at the MGM Grand Arena, Oscar De La Hoya vs Floyd Mayweather Jr produced the highest grossing boxing gate to date in Nevada, $18,419,200.00 selling out in three hours.
On November 12, 2011 Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez III sold 15,498 tickets which is the most since the De La Hoya vs Mayweather fight in 2007 and produced a live gate of $11,648,300 ranking the 9th highest grossing boxing gate in the state of Nevada.
Since the first sanctioned MMA fight in Nevada on September 28, 2001 MMA has not matched or beaten Nevada's top boxing gate in attendance or gross.