By Jackie Kallen
Although there are many people who are going to Las Vegas the weekend of May 2 to see the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, there are ten times as many who will be in town but who will never get near the arena. They are not there to see the fight itself. That is not the main draw.
They are there to PARTY!
For those who can’t get into the fight, there are viewing parties. If you can scout up a ticket, you can attend a viewing party at Caesar’s Palace for just $798 a person. You get free appetizers and a selection of beer, wine, and sodas.
Depending on who you are and how well connected you are, there will be many soirees to choose from. Lil Jon is hosting a party at Wynn Hotel’s Surrender Club on Friday night. This one is open to the public if you have the bucks for it. $1,772 will get you bottle service and a table for six.
Jermaine Dupri is throwing a party on Friday night at the Tryst Nightclub. It’s officially sold out but it’s rumored that there will be tickets floating around at the door. Kascade’s party at the Encore is not full as of this week and guys get in for $100, while females need only cough up $20.
If you really have deep pockets and a thirst for the big time, the party to go to is the one being given by Jay Z after the fight at the Cosmopolitan Hotel’s Marquee Club. A good table there will set you back $50 grand. But what’s a few bucks when you’re on a roll and having a good time?
If you’re in the mood for music and have $10,000 to spare, Nicki Minaj is performing at the Paris Hotel’s Chateau Nightclub right after the fight. She’s bringing along Funkmaster Flex, Sevyn Streeter and Jeremih. Should be a raucous end to a crazy night.
Then there’s the Chris Brown gala at Drai’s. I imagine some people will be going from party to party so as not to miss any of the action. The night before the big fight—it will be 50 Cent throwing the festivities at Drais.
So both Friday and Saturday will be huge parry nights. The clothes will be outrageous, the heels high, and the bling heavy. Wads of cash will be flashed and pimps and their hos will be strutting from one glam spot to the next.
For the common folks, not wanting to shell out five figures, every hotel and bar in town will be celebrating. From a beer at a downtown joint to table service at Tao’s, every joint will be jumping and no one will sleep much for 48 hours..
Gotta love this fight weekend!