Ten rounds. That was Floyd Mayweather’s gift to us. A makeup gift, he admitted in the ring, after subjecting us to repeated bouts of boredom over the last few years.
So before the next person crafts a tweet about Conor McGregor’s so-called great effort, consider this take: Mayweather was in command of that fight from the opening bell, and it was always going to last as long as he wanted it to.
What we saw was a rope-a-dope strategy executed to perfection, and if McGregor got his wish—that the referee “let the man put me down,” as the Irish MMA star said before the fight—it would have happened, probably around 1:08 of Round 10.
But we’re not here to analyze, we’re here to celebrate. Once again Las Vegas made itself the center of the universe, inflicting round-by-round jabs of FOMO to anyone out of town on Saturday night.
Thank science for Periscope.
— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18) August 27, 2017
You said it former NFL quarterback Sage Rosenfels.
Rosenfels wasn’t the only one who got a free show. It’s highly unlikely the celebs in the T-Mobile Arena crowd had to pay for their seats. How are you going to ask LeBron James for his Amex at the box office? Demi Lovato? She sang the national anthem; that’s a free seat right there.
The star power on display Saturday night rivaled any Oscars ceremony or Super Bowl in recent memory. You knew it would when you saw A-Rod and Las Vegas headliner Jennifer Lopez Instagramming their private jet trip into town with Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Among those in attendance: Cedric the Entertainer, Diddy, NAS, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Piven, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy, Mike Tyson, Bruce Willis, Isaiah Thomas, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter (and guests), Chadwick Boseman, Jamie Foxx (who had a post-fight gig at Jewel Nightclub), Tito Ortiz, Georges St-Pierre and Charlize Theron.
And that’s just what we could see on our Periscope stream.
When it was all over the celebs rushed out of T-Mobile to take over the clubs, with Foxx staging his Jewel performance in front of a crowd that included Leonardo DiCaprio and pal Tobey Maguire. On the microphone, the “Blame It” singer announced there was a “wolf” in the building (alluding to DiCaprio’s Wolf of Wall Street performance) and the crowd began chanting Leo’s name, which has to feel good. Foxx also grabbed Maguire and gave him some of the spotlight. And then, as if things weren’t insane enough, Too Short jumped on stage and performed “Blow the Whistle,” because, why not?
Meanwhile at MGM’s Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub, Chance the Rapper and Frank Ocean were spotted taking in a performance by headliner Travis Scott, who was joined briefly onstage by rapper Quavo.
But the biggest curiosity was at Wynn’s Encore Beach Club, where McGregor was hosting the first night of his recently announced residency. After taking so many hits to the face, fans had to wonder how he would look.
The answer: a lot livelier than he looked those last couple of rounds.
Sporting a floral-pattern suit that we can only assume was sewn from the fabric of our grandmother’s davenport, the defeated fighter waved the Irish flag to throngs of adoring fans and occasionally took off his sunglasses to showcase a multimillion dollar shiner.
He earned it.
Mayweather, meanwhile, kept his promise to hold his post-fight celebration at his Girl Collection strip club. In a couple of tweets, he thanked Ireland and “all the countries around the world” for their support, and ended his night with a mic drop.
50 – 0
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) August 27, 2017
Even though it really was, Mayweather-McGregor wasn’t the only game in town. Before T-Mobile Arena became the center of the universe, it was scheduled to host the Big 3 basketball championship. That event was moved to MGM Grand Garden Arena, and drew the likes of founder Ice Cube and Friday night’s Drai’s Nightclub headliner, 50 Cent.
The Drai’s party, by the way, was a helluva kickoff to fight weekend. Jeezy and Texas Chainsaw 3-D star Trey Songz joined Mr. Cent onstage, and then blew the crowd away when they introduced special guests Meek Mill and Life is Beautiful 2017 headliner Chance the Rapper.
Spotted in the crowd: NBA GOAT Allen Iverson, fighter Tyrone Woodley, Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert, and Dracula 2000 actor Gerard Butler.
Reality television participant (and occasional DJ) Brody Jenner celebrated his 34th birthday in Las Vegas on Friday, which was a good move because by Saturday everyone had forgotten he exists. ARIA’s LIQUID Pool Lounge rolled out the red carpet for Jenner, complete with those giant fathead cutouts of his face (because that’s what everyone wants to see), and a massive blue and white birthday cake.
They even let him play around in the DJ booth, kind of like the time we turned four and the captain gave us a tour of the cockpit. What a special treat.
And let’s not forget…
Cheers to attendees and viewers at Friday’s 4th Annual Believer Gala for helping raise more than $1 million for families of pediatric cancer patients. The event, hosted by Caesars Palace and streamed online this year, benefits Imagine Dragons’ nonprofit The Tyler Robinson Foundation. Celebrities on hand included Steve Young, Backstreet Boys AJ McLean, Richard Marx, Daisy Fuentes, Oliver Trevena, Ted Stryker, Paul Shaffer, Kim Raver, Curt Menefee, Carla Pellegrino, Anthony Cools, Murray Sawchuck, Tenors of Rock, Absinthe’s Melody Sweets and The Gazillionaire, Gobert and teammate Raul Neto.
Community alum Joel McHale served as emcee, and the fundraiser honored KVVU-TV’s Rachel Smith with the first ever Legacy Award for her charitable efforts throughout the Las Vegas community.