Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 6 p.m.
In preparation for the moment when Floyd Mayweather Jr. takes on Marcos Maidana on Saturday, May 3, at MGM Grand Garden Arena, our hometown 10-time, five-division world champion held a media meet-and-greet Tuesday at his Las Vegas gym.
Hundreds of media from all over the world were kept waiting for two hours for “Money” Mayweather and his ever-present entourage at his facility in Chinatown.
Be sure to check back here Thursday with our preview of the Showtime special airing Saturday when I tour Floyd’s three Las Vegas homes and get him to show me millions and millions of dollars worth of bling he’s collected over the years.
NEW NIGHTSPOT: It sounds like a casting call for a new version of either the Act or Rose. Rabbit. Lie., but when Oba is launched as an interactive lounge experience at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay this summer, it’s going to be competition for Holly Madison’s next-door 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque.
Oba will hold auditions Thursday and Friday for female dancers, specialty acts, contortionists and burlesque performers. The club will be open in June with the acts appearing four nights a week.
GOLFING GREAT: Over the years, Masters and British Open champion Mark O’Meara has amassed 35 PGA Tour wins. Now he’s coming to Las Vegas to help support our Keep Memory Alive gala Saturday at MGM Grand. For the first time since he won in 1998, he will miss the British Open to assist Larry Ruvo’s cause. One winning bidder will get to accompany Mark to the KMA rodeo at Lake Tahoe.
The auction package should attract fierce bidding as it also includes during the weekend a beach meal cooked by star chef Emeril Lagasse, entertainment by Kenny Loggins and a financial tips luncheon hosted by Michael Milken. Mark, who has been a four-time Ryder Cup finalist, has won five Pebble Beach pro-am tournaments.
TATTOO BATTLE: Our tattoo artist Walter “Sausage” Frank from Club Tattoo in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood remained safe on this week’s episode of “Ink Master” on Spike where he’s fighting to win $100,000 and bragging rights.
But it was a close call because the others tried to throw him under the bus with another artist with a near-impossible challenge. The artists had to first make a custom grill for boxer Brandon Rios, and Scott Marshall won the Flash Challenge.
That gave Scott the power to immediately make life difficult for two rival artists. He gave Sausage the assignment of a difficult rib tattoo on a human canvas, but our Las Vegas star came through with flying colors. In fact, the judges were so impressed with the tattoos that they decided not to eliminate anybody and instead double the difficulty for next week.
Next week’s challenge: The six remaining artists are partnered with their toughest foes into three rival teams. Two will be sent packing, leaving just four as the finale nears.
SALUTING BRAVERY: “Heroes for Freedom” is an all-expenses-paid dream trip that will bring 20 wounded U.K. veterans to Las Vegas from Saturday through Tuesday. Some are in wheelchairs, many have lost limbs, but all are high-spirited men who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
The new Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Caro hosts the veterans for dinner Sunday and is part of the larger “Heroes for Freedom” trip that also includes a ride on the High Roller at the Linq, Red Rock Canyon, sky-view experience at Foundation Room and the Grand Canyon.
500,000 FRRREEZES: Five years and more than 500,000 signature Frrrozen Hot Chocolates later, Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace, has become a casual dining hotspot, and new features include a 26-foot-tall Tiffany-style lamp flanking the expanded outdoor patio with a full bar with counter seating and high-definition televisions. The expanded interior features additional tables and seating, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows.
CONGRATULATIONS! My favorite Las Vegas DJ who now spins regularly at Hakkasan’s restaurant and lounge at MGM Grand makes his debut on iTunes. DJ Shoe, who used to spin at Buddha Bar in the Palms, debuts his first Hakkasan “Deep” podcast Thursday.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner attended “Le Reve — The Dream” at the Wynn on Tuesday night and afterward told the cast how much they enjoyed the aquatic spectacular.
Luxor headliners Jabbawockeez joined Pharrell onstage during his 2014 Coachella performance. The “Happy” singer danced along as Jabbawockeez performed original choreography for the performance. Pharrell tweeted: “Thank you to the @Jabbawockeez, you guys are the illest. Legends of movement!”
It was quite the weekend on the Strip for Australian actor Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) and buddy Rex Lee (“Entourage”). The first outing was at Tao in the Venetian with showman Jeff Beacher, who whirled them off to his Beacher’s Madhouse at MGM Grand afterward. Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”) joined Ryan and Rex at Tao for roasted Thai Buddha chicken, spicy tuna tartare on crispy rice and Chilean sea bass with wok-roasted asparagus.
The next night, their group had grown to six for Surrender at Steve Wynn’s Encore, where they played blackjack and craps before hitting the dance floor to demonstrate their twerking skills to Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt.”
“The Amazing Race” and Chippendales at the Rio star Jaymes Vaughan celebrated his birthday at Xposed!, the new Saturday gay beach club at Tropicana, with sun-kissed go-go dancers, beach volleyball, his Chippendales family and DJ Roland Belmares.
It’s a stroll down memory lane before digital cameras and cell phones when the Polaroid Fotobar & Museum officially opens at the Linq with celebrity captures from the Andy Warhol Museum. Polaroid goes digital with the flagship opening, and that means the ultimate selfies.
“X Burlesque” is “Reloaded” for its anniversary performance at Flamingo.
Fresh-mouthed comedy king Andrew “Dice” Clay resumes his residency at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel.
Rapper Ma$e performs at Haze in Aria.
Hip-hop DJ Star Slinger and DJ Mimosa jam at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq.
Revel in the extravagances of boxing multimillionaire Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s homes and bling as I take Showtime’s cameras on a tour for Saturday’s TV special, and the Light Group culinary king Brian Massie has a secret weapon with a 10-year-old kid in the kitchen when dessert doyenne Megan Romano and he take on New York foodies at the James Beard Foundation in Manhattan to prove that Las Vegas really is tops.
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.