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Weekend best bets: Mayweather vs. Maidana, Holly Madison’s 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque, AIDS Walk

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Steve Marcus

WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and WBA champion Marcos Maidana of Argentina face off during a news conference at MGM Grand on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The two champions will meet in a WBC/WBA unification fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday.

May starts off with a bang in Las Vegas, with top-notch entertainment this weekend ranging from a fight night to fresh standup to a little speakeasy jazz.

Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:

    • 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque by Holly Madison at Mandalay Bay.

      Tonight: Holly Madison’s 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque grand opening at Mandalay Bay

      The Strip welcomes its latest attraction with the grand opening of Holly Madison’s 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque at Mandalay Bay. The Prohibition Era speakeasy, located in the space formerly known as Forty Deuce, specializes in assorted whiskeys and cigars and features burlesque-style cabaret and live jazz nightly from Skye Dee Miles. The celebration kicks off at 9 p.m.

    • Saturday: Mayweather vs. Maidana at MGM Grand

      Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks to keep his 45-0 boxing record perfect against Marcos Maidana at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Oddsmakers aren’t in Maidana’s favor, pitting Mayweather as a -1,200 favorite, but the underdog just might bite back in this much-buzzed-about bout. The fight begins at 6 p.m., and tickets are $350 to $1,500.

    • Taking the leap: Mike Birbiglia (finally) debuts on the Vegas comedy circuit this weekend.

      Saturday: Mike Birbiglia at the Mirage

      Acclaimed comic, storyteller, NPR contributor and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia brings his hilarious, poignant brand of standup and storytelling to Terry Fator Theater for his first-ever Las Vegas gig. Comedian Henry Phillips opens. Tickets are $44. The show starts at 8 p.m.

    • Sunday: AIDS Walk at UNLV

      Get out in the May sunshine and join 12,000 fellow Las Vegans to stroll for a cause in Nevada’s most significant fundraising event in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Registration for the free event begins at 8 a.m. For details and more information, visit AFANLV.org.

    • Saturday: Mariachi Festival at the Smith Center

      Get ready for Cinco de Mayo with a nightlong musical celebration featuring more than 300 local students of mariachi music and ballet folklorico dance alongside noted bands from Mexico and L.A. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $35.

    • Saturday: Vaisakhi Mela Indian Food and Cultural Festival at Clark County Government Center

      The 11th annual celebration of Indian cuisine and culture features music, dance competitions, a fashion show and plenty of delicious food from local restaurants including India Palace, Gandhi and Royal India Bistro. The free event is 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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