Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 | 10:55 a.m.
Mayweather Jr.-Alvarez red carpet at MGM Grand
The main attraction Saturday night for Hollywood, sports and music stars was the Fight of the Decade/Fight of the Century between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. of Las Vegas and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Guadalajara, Mexico, at MGM Grand Garden Arena after a big weeklong buildup.
Even pop superstar Justin Bieber was in the ring with Mayweather Jr. again. The long list of celebrities walking a red carpet before the fight and/or attending the fight included Charles Barkley, Peter Berg, Josh Bowman, Jerry Bruckheimer, Busta Rhymes, Lizzy Caplan, Gina Carano, Don Cheadle, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Kevin Garnett, Ashley Greene, Pooch Hall, Calvin Harris, Kevin Hart, Liam Hemsworth (minus fiancee Miley Cyrus), Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr., Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas (also in town to celebrate his 21st birthday tonight at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore), Heidi Klum, David Lee and Lil Wayne.
Also, LL Cool J, George Lopez, William H. Macy, Ben McKenzie, Dash Mihok, Nas (also in town to celebrate his 40th birthday), Jack Nicholson, Rosie Perez, Michael Phelps, Paul Pierce, Ray J., Jalen Rose, Rick Ross, Garry Shandling, Michael Strahan, Glynn Turman, 2 Chainz, Tyga, Emily VanCamp, Cain Velasquez, Jon Voight, Denzel Washington, Paul Wesley and Owen Wilson.
Mayweather Jr. defeated Alvarez by decision after 12 rounds, keeping his victory streak at 45 and winning more than $40 million(!), while Alvarez suffered his first loss; his record is now 42-1-1. Thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, a longtime sports lens man and fan, for his photo gallery and Richard Corey for his red carpet video posted on YouTube.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
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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.