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Cover art of The Ring magazine.  (Google image)


LAS VEGAS — After five years in the making, marred by occasional bitter and insulting exchanges, the much-awaited fight between pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and global icon Manny Pacquiao is on, on May 2, 2015, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The arena is located at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada.

The arena has a seating capacity of 16,800 people and is located at 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South.

It was learned from multiple sources that since the fight was announced last week by the Mayweather camp, boxing enthusiasts around the world have been calling MGM inquiring about how they could watch the fight in real time and real place.

It is expected that this arena will be filled to capacity on boxing night.

Although, most Filipino boxing fans in the U.S., Philippines and elsewhere are expected to watch the match on pay-per-view, the Filipino Reporter decided to prepare this story right at the spot where the fight will take place.

MGM Grand Garden Arena

The MGM Grand Garden Arena has held events such as the annual Billboard Music Awards show, since 1997, the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMA), the Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children Benefit, the VH1 Divas Las Vegas shows and other sporting and special events.

From 1996 to 2000, it hosted wrestling’s WCW Halloween Havoc PPV event.

The UWF television event Blackjack Brawl was held at the venue in 1994.

The arena is well-known for numerous professional boxing super fights, such as Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield, Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez.

Notable music shows at the venue include Barbra Streisand, Elton John, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band, The Bee Gees, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Diana Ross, Pearl Jam, Britney Spears and The Dave Matthews Band.

And on May 2, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.

(Manny Caballero is currently on assignment in Las Vegas.)