Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 | 6 p.m.
It’s a $40 million-plus payday for Floyd Mayweather Jr. of Las Vegas on Saturday night. Win or lose, first-round KO or still standing at the end of his MGM Grand Garden Arena showdown with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico, it’s the biggest prize purse in boxing history. Add that guaranteed payday to his battle against Robert Guerrero in May, and Floyd has a $75 million haul for his accountant to figure out for 2013.
The stars of Hollywood and New York showbiz scenes are invading en masse for ringside seats. Fans are shelling out the highest price ever for a Showtime PPV at $75 a subscriber anxious to see if Floyd continues his amazing victory streak or finally takes a tumble. Betting odds indicate that he’ll defeat the also-undefeated Alvarez.
The fight is a crowning highlight to Mexican Independence Day Weekend being celebrated here. Among the celebrities expected to attend the pre-party and at ringside: Busta Rhymes, Dave Chappelle, Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, George Lopez, Heidi Klum, Jack Nicholson, Joan Cusack, Jon Voight, “Dr. J” Julius Irving, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Lil Wayne, LL Cool J, Magic Johnson, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shaquille O’Neal, DJ Tiesto and dozens more.
The fight is already being recognized as boxing’s biggest event in nearly a decade, some even going as far as to say it’s the Fight of the Century.
Now check out the star-studded lineup of VIP names performing or hosting at our nightclub parties all weekend long: Robin Thicke with “Blurred Lines” and Marc Anthony at the Palms, Ludacris at Haze, Ciara at the Bank, Enrique Iglesias twice at the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool, Luis Miguel for three nights at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace, Nelly at Rehab and Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel, Nas celebrating his 40th birthday at Tao and Nick Jonas toasting his 21st at XS.
Even Toto is here to celebrate its 35th anniversary in concert at Red Rock Resort. If it’s comedy you want this weekend, George Lopez and Carlos Mencia will keep you laughing.
It’s showbiz gridlock everywhere you turn, but perhaps none more so than at the Palms, which boasts Robin, Diddy, Marc and Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas. Little wonder that all the fun coincides with the kickoff of the 10th annual, six-week Oktoberfest celebrations at our Hofbrauhaus. Magicians of the Century Siegfried & Roy will tap the keg and serve the first full-bodied lagers.
So let’s raise a glass, savor the schnitzels and sauerbraten and deliver our own knockout punch we affectionately call the Royal Robin Rundown for all the left-hook, upper-cut excitement:
FRIDAY, SEPT. 13
Robin Thicke — sans Miley Cyrus and her twerking — is at Ditch Fridays at Palms Pool, while Marc Anthony is nearby at Pearl at the Palms.
Enrique Iglesias is at Boulevard Pool on Friday and Sunday nights.
Luis Miguel is at the Colosseum all weekend.
Marco Antonio Solis is at Mandalay Bay.
Boyz II Men are at the Mirage all weekend.
Toto is at Red Rock Resort celebrating 35 years together. Rosanna, Rosanna!
Arturo Sandoval is at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center for the Performing Arts for two nights.
Starship featuring Mickey Thomas is at Silverton Casino Lodge.
Mariachi El Bronx and Strolling Mariachis are at the Cosmopolitan all weekend.
Las Vegas’ Claudine Castro Band is at Lounge at the Palms.
Diamond Rio is at Henderson Pavilion.
Lila Downs is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.
Black Camaro is downtown at Backstage Bar & Billiards.
UNLV graduate and recording artist Sophia Maria is one of the four talents in Four Sum appearing at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood.
Entertainment legend Tony Sacca celebrates 50 years in show business with “Las Vegas Rocks” every Friday starting today at Boulder Station.
Carlos Mencia is at Treasure Island.
Think Fluffy in a Hawaiian shirt, and you have Gabriel Iglesias at the Mirage all weekend.
Christopher Titus is at South Point all weekend.
Laura Hayden is at Bonkerz Comedy Club at Primm Valley Resort for two nights.
Louie Anderson, Rich Natole, Kat Ray, plus, music by Yellow Brick Road at the Railhead in Boulder Station.
Andrew Norelli and Greg Vaccariello are at Big Al’s Comedy Club in Gold Coast for two nights.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Tickets go on sale for Kanye West at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Oct. 25 and Jeff Dunham at the Colosseum on Dec. 12.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of “The Wizard of Oz” continues all weekend at Smith Center.
The 34th Annual San Gennaro Feast at Grand Canyon Shopping Center wraps Sunday with a giant fireworks display.
The Rocky Mountain Gun Show and the high-roller Reigning Horse Classic are both at South Point for two days.
Glynda Rhodes, “The Divorce Party Planner,” presents the first of her new monthly “Divorced: The New Single” parties at Heraea in the Palms.
Tiesto spins at Hakkasan at MGM Grand.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 14
Carlos Santana continues his residency at HOB.
The Jacksons are at Primm Valley.
Los Horoscopos is at Mandalay Bay Beach.
Creedence Clearwater Revisited is at LVH.
The James Taylor Experience performs “Fire & Water” at Suncoast for two nights.
K.C. & The Sunshine Band is at M Resort.
Red Eye Radio is at Lounge at the Palms.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. meets Mexico’s hero fighter Canelo Alvarez at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Siegfried & Roy kick off the 10th Annual Oktoberfest at Hofbrauhaus.
The Las Vegas Mariachi Festival is at the Paris.
Award-winning author Terrence King autographs his new book “The Silent Partner” to benefit Spread the Word Nevada at Barnes & Noble in Northwest Las Vegas.
The D and Golden Gate host the inaugural Beerfest with more than 60 global craft brews.
Calvin Harris spins at Hakkasan.
Ludacris is at Haze in Aria.
Nas celebrates his 40th birthday at Tao in the Venetian.
Ciara is at the Bank in Bellagio.
Taboo is at Palms Pool by day and Moon at night.
Diddy hosts his after-fight party at Rain in the Palms.
Too $hort is at LAX in Luxor.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 15
Enrique Iglesias is back for show No. 2 at Boulevard.
Nick Jonas, in concert Aug. 10 with brothers Joe and Kevin at Mandalay Bay Events Center, celebrates his 21st birthday at XS.
Alejandro Fernandez is at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Sin City Soul & Blues Revival is at the Rio.
Dark Star Orchestra is at Hard Rock Live on the Strip.
The Carnival of Madness with Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We As Human is at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
OF SPECIAL NOTE
The Ball Up Streetball games are at Cox Pavilion.
WWE Night of Champions is at Sam’s Town.
Tiesto is at Hakkasan.
Nelly is at Rehab and then Body English.
Enjoy the fun and the fight! We’ll have celebrity coverage Sunday. Then the week explodes with Britney Spears news early Tuesday, Justin Timberlake’s movie premiere here Wednesday, plus, Motley Crue returns with an all-new residency, “Intimate Evening in Hell,” at the Joint and finally the 10th anniversary celebrations of “Zumanity.”
We have the best news, photo and video coverage planned for all the incredible excitement, so check back regularly to Vegas DeLuxe.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas dares to be different. From the hotel’s red reservations desks to fine art found throughout the resort, The Cosmopolitan’s signature style is helping to pave its own path on the Las Vegas Strip.
Upon entering the resort, you’re greeted by pillars of video boards playing video art by Digital Kitchen and David Rockwell Studio exclusively produced for The Cosmopolitan. Just beyond that, you’ll find all your favorite casino games on the resort’s 100,000-square-foot casino floor.
The Cosmopolitan’s rooms standout as the resort’s most unique feature. About 2,220 of The Cosmopolitan’s 2,995 rooms have 6-foot deep terraces that span the length of the room, a first at a modern Strip hotel. Other in-room amenities include soaking tubs, kitchenettes and quirky accessories like artsy coffee table books.
The dining experience at The Cosmopolitan isn’t something you’ll find at other Strip resorts, either. All of The Cosmopolitan’s 13 restaurateurs are new to the Las Vegas market. You’ll find American steakhouse fare in a modern setting at STK, top-notch sushi at Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and the freshest fish flown in from the Mediterranean daily at Estiatorio Milos.
Whether the sun is up or down, Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub is the place to find the party at The Cosmopolitan. The venue is a dayclub/nightclub, complete with a pool and cabanas outside and three different rooms with three different vibes inside.
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, you can grab a drink at one of The Cosmopolitan’s five other bars, like The Chandelier, which is encased in 2 million dripping crystals.