Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor: Las Vegas bout misses gate-receipt record

Floyd Mayweather stopped Conor McGregor in the 10th round of the contest

Floyd Mayweather’s much-hyped win over Conor McGregor failed to set a record for ticket revenue at a boxing bout.

The bout, won by Mayweather on 26 August, was expected to better ticket sales of $72.2m (£55.4m) when the American beat Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

But figures released show over 7,000 seats were empty at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, generating $55.4m (£42.5m), the second-highest boxing gate in history.

Pay-per-view television sales will be finalised in the coming days.

The bout is said to be close to bettering the 4.6m pay-per-view buys Mayweather-Pacquiao generated.

On Tuesday, Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza said that if the broadcaster sees the growth in numbers it expects as final pay-per-view figures come in from territories, the 4.6m sales will be broken.

Revenue from these sales, added to gate receipts, merchandising and sponsorship could carry the bout past the $620m (£475.4m) haul Mayweather-Pacquiao earned, making it the richest fight in boxing history.

But missing the gate receipts record will come as a blow. In the immediate aftermath of his 10th-round stoppage win, Mayweather used his news conference to state the record had been surpassed.

Figures provided by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), who sanctioned the bout, showed 13,094 tickets were sold. A further 137 were given away as complimentary tickets, taking the total attendance to 13,231. The T-Mobile Arena holds 20,500 for boxing events and on fight night, Mayweather Promotions stated the attendance was 14,623.

The high cost of tickets will be referenced as a reason for the lowly attendance, with some reaching prices as high as $10,000 (£7,667). The fight was widely criticised by fighters, pundits and punters, who believed UFC’s McGregor stood no chance in his boxing debut against one of the most decorated fighters in the sport’s history.

Former five-weight world champion Mayweather has retired undefeated in 50 fights. The NSAC figures show he has been part of six of the seven highest-earning gates in boxing.

Of the top-seven gates recorded in the state of Nevada, only Lennox Lewis’ win over Evander Holyfield in 1999 – now fifth on the all-time list – does not feature Mayweather.

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Gennady Golovkin v Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez: Las Vegas fight ends in draw

Golovkin (left) landed more punches overall during the 12 rounds

Gennady Golovkin’s world middleweight title fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez ended in a controversial draw.

After a closely fought bout in Las Vegas, one judge scored it 118-110 for Alvarez, another 115-113 for Golovkin and the third a 114-114 draw.

There were boos when the decision was announced at the T-Mobile Arena, and both boxers shook their heads.

Kazakh Golovkin, 35, retains his WBA, WBC and IBF titles and remains unbeaten in 38 fights.

His Mexican opponent, 27, started and finished an absorbing fight the stronger, and also produced some of the more eye-catching shots.

Golovkin, though, landed more punches and had the better of the middle rounds.

In the build-up to the fight, he had described it as the "biggest of this era" – and both men later said they were open to a rematch.

‘These scorecards were ridiculous’

Former heavyweight world champion Lennox Lewis tweeted: "I have GGG as clear winner. Loved that Canelo swung to the very end! Both are winners tonight."

When the result was announced, he said: "Here we go again. These scorecards were ridiculous."

Former two-weight world champion Paulie Malignaggi said: "Canelo was never in it once it passed about round four or so."

More to follow.

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Many of long-time Las Vegas developer Kishner’s properties still stand

Somerset Shopping Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto
Somerset Shopping Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto
The sign for Somerset Shopping Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto
Somerset Shopping Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto

Somerset Shopping Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto
Somerset Shopping Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphoto

Tucked away off the north Strip, Somerset Shopping Center isn’t much these days.

Its throwback neon sign stands along Convention Center Drive. But the plaza, developed in the 1960s by Irwin Kishner and his uncle, is mostly empty, and vacant stores are in disrepair.

“I cry when I go down that street,” Kishner’s daughter Sharon said Friday, not just because of the memories but because “it doesn’t represent” all of the effort her dad put in.

Irwin Kishner died Monday at age 84 after suffering complications from diabetes and kidney problems. He was buried Thursday at King David Cemetery.

A native New Yorker, Kishner wasn’t the biggest developer in town, and his cluster of properties between Las Vegas Boulevard and the Las Vegas Convention Center — the shopping plaza, apartment buildings on the Kishner Drive cul-de-sac and a vacant lot where he tore down a motel several years ago — are far from the flashiest.

But he had been in Las Vegas since the Mob and Rat Pack days and, as you can imagine, had some good stories.

I met Kishner in 2015, when I wrote a story about him for the Las Vegas Sun. He was funny and blunt, a great interview, although he initially wasn’t sure about doing it.

(When I called to see if he would meet with me, he asked me to send him a letter, on company letterhead, outlining what I wanted to talk about.)

Sitting in his upstairs office at Somerset Shopping Center, he told me he moved to Florida when he was 13 and that he went to college there. South Florida was mostly transplanted New Yorkers and others, he said, but in the northern part of the state, “you’re going into Klan country.”

He moved to Las Vegas in 1960. “I didn’t have a covered wagon, but moving here was my pioneer adventure.”

He became friends with former boxing champ Jackie Fields and dated a Copa Room dancer, a blonde with a beehive who “had been involved with some mobsters and was in some movies.”

As for Las Vegas’ mafia days: “You knew what was going on. If you didn’t know, you were stupid.” He never took a payoff, he said, and some people in town “might say I’m a bastard, I’m tough, this or that, but I’m honest. I’ve never cheated anybody, and I’ve never lied to anybody.”

He also demolished his Somerset House Motel because, he explained: “Money was going out, not going in.”

His daughter Joanna Kishner, a Clark County District Court judge, told me on Friday that her dad’s shopping center was “a vibrant part of the community” with a pizza parlor, a grocery and a tavern. It also has potential for redevelopment, she added.

Sharon Kishner, a former disability-rights attorney and now an advocate for the mentally ill, said the plaza used to be “completely full.”

Workers at the pharmacy there “knew everyone on a first-name basis,” she said, and her dad was “devastated” when it closed after a national drugstore opened on the Strip. (A Walgreens is just down the street from the plaza, at the corner of Convention Center Drive and Las Vegas Boulevard.)

Irwin worked into his 80s, and even though he wasn’t as mobile in the past year, he still conducted a lot of business from home, said Sharon, who lives in Portland, Oregon.

She went to her dad’s office on Thursday to get awards from the walls to bring to his memorial service. Besides those items, the office hadn’t been boxed up.

“It looks as if it’s ready for him to walk in tomorrow,” she said.

Contact Eli Segall at esegall@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0342. Follow @eli_segall on Twitter.

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Slightly cooler temps this weekend in Las Vegas Valley

Tourists visit the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye

Temperatures in the Las Vegas Valley this weekend will be near normal before shooting back next week, the National Weather Service said.

Friday is expected to hit 104 degrees, seeing lighter winds than Wednesday and Thursday.

“Winds around the valley have been influenced by nearby thunderstorms,” meteorologist Alex Boothe said. “It’s just been chaotic, but we’re not expecting as much activity today.”

A 10 percent chance of showers will linger throughout the weekend, the weather service said.

The forecast high Saturday will reach 102 degrees, followed by a 100-degree high on Sunday.

By Monday, temperatures will spring back up to above-normal at 105 degrees, the weather service said. Tuesday will be slightly warmer at 106 degrees.

The average temperature for this time of year, according to the weather service’s 30-year average, is 98 degrees.

“We’ll be flirting with some potential record highs Tuesday,” Boothe said. The 109-degree record was set in 1977.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at rlacanlale@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter.

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Kiton Kitchen in southwest Las Vegas serves Mediterranean classics

Grilled tilapia with white rice, beets, carrots, hummus and cabbage ($12.95). (Madelyn Reese/View) @MadelynGReese
Kiton Kitchen on West Sahara Avenue opened in June. Pictured are owner Isaac Shoham, left, and chef Fawzi Qaz Qaz, right. (Madelyn Reese/View) @MadelynGReese
The grilled tilapia dish ($12.95) can also be fried. Extra pita, baba ghannouj, hummus, side salads, fries and rice can be added for an additional charge. (Madelyn Reese/View) @MadelynGReese
Vegetarian plate with dolma, falafel, salad, hummus, pita, eggplant salad, baba ghannouj, carrots and french fries ($11.95). (Madelyn Reese/View) @MadelynGReese
Kiton Kitchen, a mediterranean lunch and dinner restaurant, opened in the home of the former Al’s Beef on West Sahara Avenue. (Madelyn Reese/View) @MadelynGReese

Inside the 1950s-style diner building on West Sahara Avenue and South Rainbow Boulevard is the southwest valley’s latest Mediterranean spot.

Kiton Kitchen opened in June in the former home of Al’s Beef, an Italian sandwich shop that lasted a little more than two years.

The restaurant is a joint venture between Isaac Shoham, 82, and his daughter, Sharon Littman. Along with their chef, Fawzi Qaz Qaz, the father-daughter duo created a menu of Mediterranean classics including shawarma, hummus, baba ghannouj and tabbouleh.

“About four years ago I decided to look for a restaurant for the family, so after I pass away they still have an income,” Shoham said.

A retired military officer, Shoham has served on the board of directors for the Las Vegas Country Club Master Association; he is currently treasurer.

The restaurant already has become a regular lunch spot for employees from the surrounding car dealerships lining West Sahara. Best-sellers include the chicken shawarma box, served with rice, salad or french fries and garlic or spicy sauce for $8.95.

Chef Qaz Qaz said he also sells a lot of shish kebab chicken plates ($13.95) and falafel plates ($10.95). Qaz Qaz has been in the food and restaurant industry for 20 years and is part owner of Jericho Foods, a California-based company that produces and distributes hummus and other spreads.

Shoham and his family spent much of their lives in California before moving to Las Vegas 17 years ago. But Shoham was born and raised in Tel Aviv, in what was then Palestine. He grew up in the restaurant, also named Kiton, where his mother worked as a waitress for 30 years. Shoham prides himself on the authenticity of his recipes that he learned in the “other Kiton.” The only thing he’s added is the word “Kitchen” to the name, he said.

Shoham wants to add a coffee bar and patio seating outside. He’s also working on outfitting the restaurant to make pita on-site.

Contact Madelyn Reese at mreese@viewnews.com or 702-383-0497. Follow @MadelynGReese on Twitter.

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First look at details of new Raiders stadium in Las Vegas may answer questions

A rendering of the Las Vegas Raiders stadium project. (MANICA Architecture)
A rendering of the Las Vegas Raiders stadium project. (MANICA Architecture)
A rendering of the Las Vegas Raiders stadium project. (MANICA Architecture)
An aerial view rendering of the Las Vegas Raiders stadium project. (MANICA Architecture)
A rendering of the Las Vegas Raiders stadium project. (MANICA Architecture)
A rendering of the Las Vegas Raiders stadium project. (MANICA Architecture)

The Las Vegas Stadium Authority will get its first look at the details of the financing of the 65,000-seat domed football stadium when it meets Thursday, a day after Clark County officials conduct a high-impact project hearing on the development.

While the Clark County Commission, meeting as planning and zoning overseers, delves into details on parking, traffic, water, sewer, drainage and emergency services on Wednesday, the nine-member authority is expected to receive specifics on the four-pronged construction financing package.

The stadium has been billed as a $1.9 billion project that includes $750 million in public funding to support bonds paid off with a 0.88 percentage-point increase in a hotel room tax that ranges between 12.5 percent and 13.4 percent.

In addition to the public funding, the Raiders have three potential funding sources: personal seat licenses sold to season ticket holders, a loan from Bank of America and a National Football League stadium construction loan program.

The Raiders haven’t submitted materials to the authority in advance of Thursday’s meeting so it’s unclear how much detail will be provided on dollar amounts.

The authority isn’t scheduled to act on the leasehold mortgage agreement this month and will likely take it up in September. But authority members are scheduled to receive a report on Bank of America’s ability to step in and assume the rights as the leasehold mortgagee should the Raiders fail to meet their loan commitments.

“It’s a general presentation on how the deal itself is going to be structured and how the public knows there is sufficient financial security to ensure that the Raiders can fulfill their obligations under the agreements as required by Senate Bill 1,” said Jeremy Aguero, a principal for Applied Analysis, the Las Vegas company serving as the authority’s staff. “That presentation and those findings are specifically required by the legislation.”

Included in the discussion will be direction from the authority board about what specific information it wants as part of a formal resolution when it votes on the financial package.

Thursday’s agenda also will include progress reports on drafting the personal seat license agreement, a non-relocation agreement and an overall status report on the project.

The authority also is expected to consider whether it wants an owner representative or compliance officer designated as the point person for stadium construction. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has an owner representative designated for its $1.4 billion Las Vegas Convention Center expansion and renovation project.

New details about the stadium have emerged in documents filed with the county. Plans indicate the building would be 225 feet tall with 10 levels, not including a catwalk servicing lighting and equipment and a transparent roof.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

Las Vegas stadium’s layers and levels

The planned Las Vegas stadium will have 10 levels:

Event level, 20 feet below ground — Grass field (grown outdoors and rolled in and out of the stadium); security command/medical; truck dock; main kitchen/commissary; electric substation; hot water; trash holding; building maintenance; back-of-house facilities; visiting team facilities; staff entrances; press work rooms; interview rooms; Raiders locker rooms; UNLV home locker rooms; Raiderettes locker rooms.

Lower mezzanine, ground level — Retail store; box office; VIP entry lobbies.

Main concourse, 16 feet above ground — Concessions; sponsor area; public restrooms; club facilities; ticket-holder seats; storage.

Lower suite, 32 feet above ground — Standard and executive suites; VIP lounges.

Upper suite, 52 feet above ground — Public restrooms; suites; ticket-holder seats; concessions; VIP lounges.

Mid-bowl mezzanine, 70 feet above ground — Air handling equipment rooms.

Upper concourse, 88 feet above ground — Ticket-holder seats; concessions; hawker areas; incidental storage.

Upper mezzanine, 100 feet above ground — Ticket-holder seats.

Press level, 142 feet above ground — Press gondola, TV/radio broadcast booths; writing press; coaches’ booths.

Catwalk, 157 feet above ground — Access to lights and equipment.

Roof, 195 feet above ground — Ethylene Tetra Flouro Ethylene cable roof system.

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Trump’s business applies to build a casino in Macau, China’s Las Vegas

Macau. Bobby Yip/Reuters

SHANGHAI (AP) — A Trump Organization company has applied for four new trademarks in the Asian gambling hub of Macau, including one for casinos, public records show. The new applications highlight the ethical complexity of maintaining the family branding empire while Donald Trump serves as president, and are likely to stoke speculation about the organization’s future business intentions in Macau, where casino licenses held by other companies come up for renewal beginning in 2020.

The applications for the Trump brand were made in June by a Delaware-registered company called DTTM Operations LLC. They cover gambling and casino services, as well as real estate, construction and restaurant and hotel services. The applications were first reported by the South China Morning Post.

The new applications are identical to four marks applied for in 2006, and granted, but lapsed earlier this year. It was not clear from public records why, though under Macau law trademarks can be forfeited for non-use. There are currently no Trump-branded businesses in Macau.

Trump’s trademarks have been a source of concern to ethics lawyers and Democratic officials, who fear they can give foreign governments the opportunity to try to influence the White House. China has approved dozens of Trump trademarks since the president took office. Three U.S. lawsuits against the president contend that the Chinese marks constitute gifts from a foreign state and stand in violation of the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution. Trump and his lawyers reject that argument and contend that trademarks are a crucial defense against squatters seeking to exploit his name.

Beijing says it has been fair and impartial in its handling of trademarks for the president and his daughter Ivanka Trump.

Macau’s six casino operators, including Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts, face renewals for their licenses starting in 2020. The government of the former Portuguese colony, now ruled by China, has released few details on the renewal process, which will be the first since it ended a decades-long casino monopoly and opened bidding to foreign companies in 2001.

Donald Trump. Thomson Reuters

Authorities are expected to grant renewals to all six operators, given the big investments they’ve poured into the city, but there has been speculation that they could issue one additional license to a new investor.

Donald Trump began applying for a sweep of trademarks in Macau in 2006. The government’s unwillingness to uphold all of them was a source of intense irritation to Trump, who became enmeshed in a lawsuit over rights to the use of his name. He wrote to then-U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in 2011 that the courts of China and Macau were “faithless, corrupt and tainted."

“Who could expect anything different from a deceitful culture?” he added. “Their behavior should be a clear warning to the rest of the world to refrain from any trade practice or business relationship with them!"

Casinos are seen in a general view of Macau.

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Trump finally prevailed in that case last year after his opponent, a local company that had filed for a “Trump” mark for food and beverage services, let his trademark expire.

Trump has pledged to conduct no new foreign deals while in office and handed control of his business to his sons, though he retains ownership. He also has veered away from the casino business. Hard Rock International bought up the last vestiges of his failed Atlantic City gambling empire this year, paying just $50 million for the shuttered Trump Taj Mahal casino, which cost more than $1 billion to build.

Back in 2001, Donald Trump was part of a consortium of billionaire investors — including two men subsequently convicted of bribery and money laundering — that bid unsuccessfully for a casino license in Macau, the Wall Street Journal reported last year.

Macau is the world’s largest gambling market, raking in about five times more revenue last year than the Las Vegas Strip. It’s the only place in greater China where casinos are legal.

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How To Find The Best Las Vegas Housing

Finding housing in Las Vegas is something that you can do with ease as long as you follow a few simple guidelines. It is important to do this so you can find a place to live that fits your lifestyle in the best possible way. As you look for a nice place to live in Las Vegas, there are some things that you should know to help lead you in the right direction.

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