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.
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products