Unless the Mayan gods deliver a world-ending KO on Dec. 21, the biggest knockout were the “losses” by boxing superstars Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. What could have been the biggest and richest fight in the sport’s history all but went up in flames this summer, as the undefeated Las Vegas resident Mayweather went to jail for 87 days on reduced domestic-battery charges, and Pacquiao, the Filipino superstar, saw his 15-fight win streak stopped in a controversial split-decision loss to Timothy Bradley. This generation’s top boxers and top earners on Forbes’ highest-paid athletes list have been posturing for a superfight for more than three years—and at least on one occasion had reached a deal and a date. Instead, after years of constant spats over everything from blood and urine testing to venue location and purse splitting, maybe the Mayans should intervene with a good old-fashioned game of pitz—where the winner truly takes all.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.